SFVA Heart Failure Clinic

As one of the first clinics dedicated to patients with chronic/ congestive heart failure (CHF), the SFVAMC CHF Clinic serves hundreds of Veterans confronted with this potentially lethal disease.

Founded by one of the early international leaders in heart failure research, Dr. Barry M. Massie and Susan Ammon, NP developed a practice focused on the specialized needs of patients with heart failure. During the last two decades, under the leadership of Dr. John R. Teerlink, the SFVAMC CHF Clinic has continued this tradition of excellence in clinical care and research through a multidisciplinary, coordinated approach. Our practice is highly collaborative, drawing upon the excellent diagnostic capabilities of the advanced imaging provided by the Echocardiography and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratories, as well as our Nuclear Medicine and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance facilities. In addition to providing cutting-edge medicines and holistic care with nutritional and lifestyle consultation, we work closely with our interventional and surgical colleagues to treat severe coronary artery disease and structural heart disease including catheter-based aortic valve replacement (TAVI/ TAVR), mitral valve repair procedures (MitraClip) and other advanced technologies. For patients with more severe heart failure, we can make referrals for advanced heart failure therapies including heart transplant and left ventricular assist devices.

In addition to Dr. Teerlink, Dr. Laura Flink and Robert Malloy, NP are essential parts of the personalized, team approach to the care of our patients in the SFVAMC CHF Clinic. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet you and work with you to provide the highest level of care.