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Advanced Heart Failure Care at Drexel Cardiology

Advanced Heart Failure Care at Drexel Cardiology.

What Is Heart Failure?

The heart is the engine that pumps oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. In heart failure, the heart is not working at its best and the delivery of oxygen to your organs is reduced. Heart failure can cause shortness of breath, swelling, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, memory loss, stroke and decline in vital organ function. Another common symptom of heart failure is congestion, or the build-up of too much fluid in tissues and veins. When fluid builds up and the body becomes congested, this is known as congestive heart failure. Heart failure is most often caused by years of high blood pressure, previous heart attacks and uncontrolled arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythm or pulse).

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Advanced Heart Failure Care

At Drexel Cardiology, our heart failure team has experienced cardiologists, heart surgeons, nurses and other professionals who specialize in the care of patients with heart failure. Our doctors have over 30 years of experience in the management of heart failure and heart transplants.

Our primary focus is to extend and improve the quality of life of patients with heart failure. Our heart failure team offers comprehensive care at the conveniently located Drexel Cardiology. Our team understands that working together with you, your caregivers and other care providers is critical for successful treatment. We are available at any time to discuss concerns and provide assistance.

Treatments for Heart Failure

There are many treatment options for patients living with heart failure, and with the correct therapies, patients can expect to enjoy a good quality of life. Our specialists are experts in the current therapies for heart failure, including advanced cardiac devices and medications. We have decades of clinical research experience, and continue to participate in clinical trials to advance treatment options. As a result, Drexel Cardiology provides access to new therapies that are not offered elsewhere, which can improve patient outcomes. 

Close medical supervision by our team can help you to manage your condition at home instead of in the hospital. Our staff helps patients monitor their status, manage their symptoms, and teaches self-care skills that are critical to maintaining health.

For patients with less severe heart failure, we believe it is important to prevent progression of disease via close supervision and access to the latest therapies. For those with end-stage heart failure, which is when medications for heart failure no longer help and other surgical options have been exhausted, the risk of death is high. Treatment options for this stage are more limited and require appropriate expertise to manage. 


Drexel Cardiology's heart failure specialists are located at 219 N. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, in Center City Philadelphia. View map and get directions.

Meet the Doctors

Shelley Hankins, MD

Shelley Hankins, MD

Medical Director, Heart Failure

Dr. Shelley Hankins specializes in heart failure and heart transplant care. She is the medical director for heart failure and co-chair of the medical IRB at Drexel. Dr. Hankins has several decades of experience in clinical research. She is board certified in internal medicine, cardiology and heart failure/transplant.

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S. Farhan Hasni, MD

S. Farhan Hasni, MD

Heart Failure/Transplant Cardiologist

Dr. Farhan Hasni practices cardiology in Center City Philadelphia. He is board certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, advanced heart failure and transplant cardiology. He has an interest in the care of cancer patients with heart failure.

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The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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