Congestive Heart Failure Program

The Heart & Vascular Institute's Congestive Heart Disease Center  enables patients who have been diagnosed with congestive heart disease to manage their health and improve the quality of their lives through early symptom recognition, continuity of care, diet planning and medication management.

One-on-one clinic visits or group educational programs are available where symptoms of heart failure, medications, diet and fluid restrictions are reviewed in detail with patients and their families. 

Routine follow-up telephone calls are made in order to assess progress and to help answer any questions patients may have. Personalized nutritional consultation with a registered dietician is also available to design a balanced program that meets the individual needs of each patient.

The Congestive Heart Disease Center at Hartford Hospital is among the few centers in the area to offer a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, with nursing staff and physicians working as an integrated team, strictly focusing on disease management.


Understanding Congestive Heart Failure

When the weakened heart muscle loses its ability to pump efficiently, the life-threatening condition is called congestive heart failure (CHF). For nearly 5 million aging Americans, congestive heart failure brings frightening trips to the emergency room and recurrent hospitalizations.

In the United States, 550,000 new cases of CHF are diagnosed each year. The condition usually develops gradually as the result of a heart attack, uncontrolled high blood pressure, heart defect or viral infection.

During a heart attack, a sudden clot blocks a coronary artery, sometimes damaging the oxygen-starved heart muscle permanently. When the heart can’t pump forcefully enough, blood flow drops as the heart struggles to supply oxygen and nutrients to the brain and vital organs. The chambers of the heart stretch to hold more blood, but over time, the heart muscle walls weaken and pumping slows. The kidneys respond by causing the body to retain water and sodium. Blood backs up into the veins leading to the heart, excess fluid pools in the lower legs and ankles, and the belly becomes swollen and congested. Fluid fills the lungs, causing shortness of breath, especially when lying down.

When so much fluid accumulates that diuretics (water pills) no longer work, the usual treatment is hospitalization for intravenous (IV) administration of medications. In hospitals across the country, congestive heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization for patients age 65 and over.



Our Congestive Heart Failure Program Locations:


Meet our Congestive Heart Failure Specialists:

Name Specialties Location
Alter, Eric Louis, MD, FACC 203.254.2452
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Fairfield
  • Milford
  • Stratford
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Arora, Sabeena, MD
4.9 /5
60 surveys
860.972.1212
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Atef, Amr Mohamed, MD
4.9 /5
209 surveys
860.886.0023
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Norwich
  • Willimantic
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Bleich, Steven, MD 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
Borer, Steven Michael, DO, FACC 860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Casey, David Madigan, MD, FACC 860.572.5400
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Plainfield
  • Mystic
  • Norwich
  • Old Lyme
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Crespo, Eric Michael, MD, FACC, FHRS
4.9 /5
125 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Wallingford
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Dougherty, Kevin Russell, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Enfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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Duncan, Brett Hunter, MD, FACC 860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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Farrell, William Joseph, MD, FACC 203.265.9831
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Wallingford
Feingold, Andrew David, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Glastonbury
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Friedman, Meir, MD
4.9 /5
85 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Middletown
  • New Britain
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Golub, Robert Joel, MD, FACC 203.265.9831
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Wallingford
Granquist, John Dickson, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Windsor
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Hricz-Borges, Linda Marie, PA-C
4.9 /5
59 surveys
203.678.1050
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Derby
  • Wallingford
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Kegel, Jeffrey Glen, MD, FACC, FACP
4.8 /5
201 surveys
860.456.2898
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Willimantic
Kramer, Daniel G., MD, FACC 860.522.5712
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Farmington
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LaSala, Anthony Francis, MD 860.258.3477
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
Lee, Maximilian H., MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Hartford
  • Avon
  • Glastonbury
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Malkin, Robert Douglas, MD 860.229.6811
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Mamuya, Komsu Fidel, MD, FACC 860.258.3477
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Wethersfield
  • Glastonbury
  • Granby
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Mansoor, Mohamed, MD, FACC 860.258.3477
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Glastonbury
  • Wethersfield
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McMahon, Michael V., PA-C 203.269.3791
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Wallingford
Merkatz, Kenneth Alan, MD 860.258.3477
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Wethersfield
  • Enfield
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Moskowitz, Craig Barry, MD, FACC, FHRS
4.8 /5
105 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Wallingford
  • Waterbury
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Paoletti, Daniel C., PA-C 203.264.5911
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Southbury
Patel, Tracy E., MD, FACC, RPVI, CCDS 860.242.8756
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Bloomfield
Quaicoe, James, APRN 860.456.2898
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Willimantic
Rouse, Charles Joseph, MD, FACC 203.353.1133
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Stamford
  • Fairfield
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Sanders, Graig, PA-C
4.7 /5
37 surveys
203.867.5300
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Guilford
  • Branford
  • Hamden
  • New Haven
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Savaria, Mary Ann, APRN
4.8 /5
40 surveys
860.886.0023
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Norwich
Spivack, George, MD 203.265.9831
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Wallingford
Swales, Heather Hunt, MD 860.224.5694
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • New Britain
Tally, Kevin Joseph, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Enfield
  • Glastonbury
  • West Hartford
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Thande, Njeri, MD 860.636.2010
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Echocardiography
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nuclear Cardiology
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  • Middletown
  • Middletown
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Tolat, Aneesh Vikram, MD, FACC, FHRS
4.9 /5
85 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Manchester
  • Middletown
  • West Hartford
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Walden, Jeffrey Howard, MD, FACC 860.522.0604
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Glastonbury
  • Manchester
  • Wethersfield
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Weissler-Snir, Adaya, MD, CCEP
4.9 /5
62 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
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  • Hartford
  • Hartford
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Zweibel, Steven Lloyd, MD, FACC, FHRS, CCDS
4.9 /5
104 surveys
860.972.1506
  • Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
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  • West Hartford
  • Hartford
  • Middletown
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