Lavanya Bellumkonda, MD

Specialty

Cardiovascular Disease, Internal Medicine

Conditions & Treatments

Cardiology, Heart Failure/Cardiac Failure, Heart Transplant, Nuclear Cardiology, Transplantation


Phone
(203) 785-7191
Accepting New Patients
Telehealth Visits

Biography

As a cardiologist who specializes in advanced heart failure and transplantation, Lavanya Bellumkonda, MD, says offering hope is key when she first meets a patient.

“When someone hears the term ‘heart failure,’ they may think they are dying imminently. I first review the severity of their disease and try to set realistic expectations. A number of patients with heart failure will have improvement in their cardiac function with appropriate medical therapy,” she explains. “If their disease is advanced, they may need a mechanical pump to assist the heart or a heart transplantation, and we discuss the success rates and risks associated with each of these strategies.”

Heart failure describes any kind of dysfunction in the heart that causes a build-up of fluids, resulting in shortness of breath, fatigue, and swelling in the legs. Dr. Bellumkonda says she was drawn to her field because of her fascination with the physiology of the heart and the acuity of cardiac illnesses.

“What I also like about transplant cardiology is that you get to apply all that you learnt in medicine and cardiology,” she says. “Post-transplant, patients often rely on me to manage their medical conditions as well.”

Additionally, Dr. Bellumkonda treats patients with valve disease. “The most common valves affected are the mitral or aortic valves, where these valves get either too tight or too leaky, causing symptoms similar to heart failure,” she says. “At Yale, we treat these patients in a multidisciplinary fashion and provide appropriate recommendations regarding catheter-based interventions and surgery.”

Her research interests include cardiac recovery and cardio-renal reactions in patients with valve disease. “What makes me most happy in my work is when I have cardiac recovery in my patients, meaning they have an improvement in their heart function,” she says. “That makes me feel like I have done my job.”  

Gender

Female

Language(s)

English

Affiliated With

Yale Medicine

Locations

Education & Training

Education

Kakatiya Medical College

Residency

University of Connecticut

Fellowship

University of Minnesota

Accepted Insurance

Insurance coverage regularly changes, please contact the doctor’s office directly to verify that your specific insurance plan is accepted.

  • aetna
  • anthem bc/bs
  • berkeley care network
  • cigna healthcare
  • community care network
  • connecticare
  • corvel
  • first health network
  • focus healthcare
  • great west
  • husky
  • medicaid
  • medicare
  • multiplan
  • oxford health plans
  • railroad medicare
  • tricare/champus
  • united healthcare
  • us family health plan
  • wellcare