Heart Failure & Transplant

Countless lives have been saved in recent years due to medical innovations including artificial hearts and mechanical circulatory support devices. Yet, heart failure continues to be one of the biggest medical problems in the world. It's time to take the next step for cardiovascular disease patients.  

Heart failure is the number one cause of hospitalization

About 6.2 million adults in the United States have heart failure, which is one of the biggest medical problems in the United States and the number one reason people are hospitalized. Due to an aging population, an increase in cardiovascular risk factors, and improved survival of cardiovascular conditions, the prevalence of heart failure is increasing worldwide.

For nearly four decades, MHIF has been at the forefront of research on innovative treatments that are changing the landscape of care for heart failure. Not only has total artificial heart technology improved since Minneapolis Heart Institute® physicians implanted the first total artificial heart in 1985, but new mechanical circulatory support devices such as the left ventricular assist device (LVAD) provide patients an opportunity for a meaningful life.

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The Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation® (MHIF) strives to create a world without heart and vascular disease. To achieve this bold vision, we are dedicated to improving the cardiovascular health of individuals and communities through innovative research and education.

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we can continue this life-saving work. Please make a gift to support the area of greatest need.

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Since 2002, MHIF's Clinical Research Internship Program has hosted 235+ students for a unique physician-mentored cardiovascular research internship for undergraduate students. Interns not only gain exceptional experience that helps them prepare for medical school, they also help move MHIF research forward.

Community support is key to our ability to enlist the highest level of talent with annual internship costs exceeding $25,000 per intern. Build new opportunities for the next generation of world-class physician researchers by making a MATCHED gift by May 31st!