Heart Failure

When the heart is too weak to pump enough blood, fluid accumulates in the lungs and other parts of the body. This condition, known as heart failure, often develops over a period of years, or may result soon after damage to the heart muscle caused by a heart attack or a virus.

It can develop rapidly and can be immediately life threatening because the heart and the body do not have time to compensate.

Heart Failure Services in British Columbia

BC’s Heart Failure Network (BCHFN) generates and shares accurate, current, and relevant heart failure information for health care professionals and patients in BC.

Their site includes information and resources for BC healthcare providers and patients and families.

The Heart Centre at St. Paul’s Hospital is home to the BC Acute Heart Failure Program. The only program in BC that provides the full range of specialized care to patients with critical heart failure, it is currently the biggest and busiest program of its kind in Canada, now receiving referrals not only from BC, but also from other provinces such as Alberta and Manitoba. The program is a national leader in Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) implants, equipping critically ill heart failure patients with mechanical heart pumps to keep them alive until they can receive a heart transplant. The Heart Centre is the provincial centre for heart transplantation in British Columbia.

Other Heart Failure Resources + Organizations