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Heart Failure Treatments
Wednesday, September 14, 2016 - 12 Noon (Eastern Time)

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Maria Mountis, DO

  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Heart Failure and Transplantation

Heart failure (sometimes called congestive heart failure or ventricular dysfunction) means your heart muscle is not functioning as well as it should. Either the left ventricle (lower chamber of the heart) is not contracting with enough force (systolic heart failure), or the ventricles are stiff and do not relax and fill properly (diastolic heart failure). The treatment of heart failure requires a specialized multidisciplinary approach to manage the overall patient care plan.

There may not be any overt symptoms of heart failure, or the symptoms may be mild to severe. Symptoms can be constant, or can come and go. With the right care, heart failure will not stop you from doing the things you enjoy. Your prognosis, or outlook for the future, will depend on how well your heart muscle is working, your symptoms, and how well you respond to and follow your treatment plan.

Take this opportunity to learn more about heart failure, including diagnosis and treatments, and have your questions answered by Cleveland Clinic cardiologist Maria Mountis, DO.

Maria Mountis, DO, is a cardiologist in the Section of Heart Failure and Transplantation. She also is the Medical Director of the Mechanical Circulatory Support Program. She was appointed to the Cleveland Clinic in 2008. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Cardiology, and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant by the American Board of Internal Medicine. She is also certified in adult echocardiography by the National Board of Echocardiography.

Dr. Mountis is a Pennsylvania native, graduating with a B.S. degree in Biology from Saint Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA. She received her medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network in Allentown, PA. This was followed by her fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA, where she was also appointed Chief Cardiovascular Fellow. She continued her training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania with a fellowship dedicated to the care of patients with Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant.

Her professional interests include diagnosis and treatment of advanced heart failure, cardiac transplantation, mechanical assist devices, pulmonary hypertension, and the cardiac care of women.

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