How to Live Longer and Better with Heart Failure

On this Healthcast episode, Ascension Illinois cardiologist Baqir Lakhani walks you through heart failure symptoms and the latest treatment options.

A congestive heart failure diagnosis can be frightening, but heart failure treatment may be easier than you think. Baqir Lakhani, DO, an advanced heart failure specialist at Ascension Alexian Brothers in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, walks you through the causes, symptoms and four stages of congestive heart failure. He also shares the latest therapies and potential alternatives to heart transplant, including left ventricular assist devices (LVADs).

This podcast is intended for general informational use. Any health-related information shared is not meant to provide or replace professional medical advice and does not establish a patient-provider relationship. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

To find an Ascension Illinois heart failure specialist near you and schedule an appointment, visit or call 855-692-6482.

Matt Matusiak receives treatment at Ascension Medical Group Illinois - Heart Function Clinic Elk Grove on the Ascension Alexian Brothers campus. Heart Failure Survivor Prepares to Climb Mt. Fuji

Matt is doing more than surviving. He’s thriving thanks to his indomitable spirit, his Illinois care team and heart pump implant technology.
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