Center for Advanced Heart Care
Community’s Center for Advanced Heart Care* is an outpatient center designed to improve a patient's quality of life and function while decreasing worsening heart failure symptoms, repeated hospitalization and emergency visits. A multidisciplinary team approach is used to deliver the services. The team includes referring physicians, nurse practitioners, expert cardiovascular nurses, pharmacists and nutritionists. Patients are referred to the program by a physician order and close communication with referring physicians is maintained.
Why Choose Our Heart Failure Program?
- Expert review of your case and management of your unique clinical situation with real-time response to your questions and problems.
- Having a health professional as your personal advocate and partner in care.
- Access to unlimited learning opportunities with nurse practitioner expertise available during office visits and via telephone and Internet.
- Personal dietitian and pharmacist consultations.
- Decreased hospitalization and readmission rates.
What is the program like?
We provide care in conjunction with your cardiologist and family doctor. We offer extensive teaching on heart failure medications, diet, disease process and coping strategies. We have a dietitian and pharmacist who offer individualized educational needs, as well as a monthly support group to offer emotional support. Together with your other physicians, our goal is to improve or maintain your best quality of life possible while keeping you out of the hospital.
Patients are enrolled in our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) program for the first six weeks. The IVR system will call you at prearranged times during the week to help us monitor your status at home. Additionally, through participation, you will master the skills necessary to manage your heart failure between visits.
Patients with end-stage heart failure may be candidates for a Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD). An LVAD is a mechanical pump-type device implanted surgically to pump blood to the body, when a weakened heart can no longer perform this function to sustain life. Our staff is specially trained to manage the care of such patients and your care will be individualized to your medical needs.
The frequency of your visits will be determined by you and your nurse practitioner based on your needs and ability. We will individualize your care to fit your needs.
How much does a clinic visit cost?
Most insurance carriers cover most, if not all, of the cost. For specific questions regarding your insurance plan, please call 317-621-8727.
We Help You Manage
The Anticoagulation Clinic helps patients manage their blood thinner medication.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with heart failure, please consider joining our monthly support group to help you with your condition.
Contact the Center for Advanced Heart Care
- Community Hospital East: 317-355-2246
- Community Hospital South: 317-887-7988
- Community Heart and Vascular Hospital: 317-621-8668
- Community Hospital Anderson - Healthy Hearts Center: 765-298-5590
*A Department of Community Hospital East