Advanced Heart Failure

The Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Program at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin offers comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for advanced heart failure and heart transplant patients. 

Our experienced team of specialists offers patients leading-edge treatment choices found only at an academic medical center. Froedtert Hospital's heart transplant program began in 1985, and is the fastest growing advanced heart failure and ventricular assist device program in the state.

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Recognized as High Performing

Froedtert Hospital is recognized as high performing in six medical specialties, including cardiology and heart surgery.

Why Choose Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin

Excellent outcomes. Cutting edge research and technology. Nationally respected and highly experienced physician specialists. A comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to care focused on optimal outcomes for each patient – mind, body and spirit. These factors combine to make choosing care at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin a lifesaving decision.

Caring for patients with advanced heart failure requires a host of expertise, resources, experience and compassion.

Our Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplantation Team provides comprehensive treatment for the whole patient, including ventricular assist devices (VAD) and heart transplantation. Learn more about advanced heart failure.

Advanced Diagnostics

Heart failure is an impairment of the heart’s ability to supply the rest of the body. It is a chronic, progressive condition, but people can live for years if they are properly treated. And, there are more than 200 potential causes of heart failure, from coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes to valvular disease, obesity and viral infection.

Diagnosing the cause and extent of a patient’s heart failure is vital. It may require virtually every cardiac diagnostic tool and depends on each patient’s needs. Echocardiography, cardiac MRI, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, cardiac biopsy, right heart catheterization and other diagnostic tests may be used to assess a patient’s heart function. See our complete list of advanced cardiac diagnostic tools.

Comprehensive Treatment Options, Including VADs

Joint Commission Logo imageA full spectrum of treatment options is offered including ventricular assist devices (VADs). The Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Heart and Vascular Center was awarded the Gold Seal of Approval by The Joint Commission for their Adult VAD Destination Therapy Program. Froedtert & the Medical College have one of the fastest growing advanced heart failure and VAD programs in the nation.

A VAD can serve as a “bridge” to those awaiting transplant, allowing them to return home while they wait for a donor heart. A VAD may also be the “destination” therapy, with no plans for a heart transplant. Our success rate with the bridge approach is significantly higher than the national average. Learn more about VADs.

Extensive Heart Transplantation Experience

Heart transplant patients can feel confident knowing that heart care experts at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin have been performing heart transplants since 1985. The team has extensive experience in transplant procedures, which have offered patient survival rates of 20 years and beyond.

This experience combines with the latest technology and techniques throughout the patient care experience to make possible the best patient outcomes. 

We recently became the first center in the state to use a highly portable and compact heart-lung machine. This state-of- the-art equipment supports a patient’s blood circulation and/or lung function outside the body for several hours, providing remarkable flexibility and security for the patient. The unit offers greater ease when transporting the patient to our hospital for a heart or lung transplant. It may also enable patients to begin rehabilitation while still receiving heart and lung support.

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Because we are a leading academic medical center, research is central to our work. Medical College of Wisconsin physicians are continually participating in and conducting significant research studies to further understand the causes of heart failure and identify innovative treatments. Our patients can participate in local and national clinical trials, which can give them access to the latest treatment options. By looking for new ways to treat heart failure, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin may also be reducing the need for heart transplants.

Second Opinion Program 

The Froedtert & the Medical College Cardiac Second Opinion Program is an opportunity to explore more options regarding your heart condition.


The Advanced Heart Failure Care and Heart Transplant Program is part of the Heart and Vascular Center, which has many convenient locations throughout southeast Wisconsin.

International Patients

We are here to help international patients arrange for their care at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


For advanced heart failure and transplantation:

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Heart & Vascular Center, Froedtert Hospital 9200 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53226