Congestive Heart Failure
Fred Fortson loves to walk — in his neighborhood, to his favorite stores, to see his nearby relatives. But, congestive heart failure kept him from what he loved.
To treat the heart, researchers at Allegheny General Hospital are targeting the brain. Congestive heart failure, or CHF, is like having a broken pump. The body compensates by bombarding the heart with signals to do more. The device slows things down, so the pump can work more efficiently.
Robotic surgery has been used to remove kidneys, do hysterectomies and prostate surgery. Doctors at Allegheny General Hospital have added another organ – the heart.
Life-changing advances in medicine are all around us in Pittsburgh. But sometimes it’s difficult to put a face on the subject of organ and tissue donation. KDKA’s Rick Dayton introduces us to a high school football coach – and heart transplant recipient – who is making it his mission to change that.