Heart Failure Clinic

Catawba Valley Cardiology offers a dedicated heart failure clinic to provide preventative care for patients experiencing heart failure symptoms. The clinic offers an alternative to an emergency room visit for patients with minor heart failure symptoms such as shortness of breath, swelling or fatigue.

CardioMEMS Wireless Heart Failure Monitoring

The CardioMEMS Heart Failure system offers a significant proactive solution reducing hospital admissions among heart failure patients.

CardioMEMS offers a proactive solution shown to greatly reduce hospital admissions among heart failure patients.

In February, 2015 CVMC became the first hospital in Western North Carolina to offer the FDA-approved CardioMEMS Heart Failure monitoring system. This revolutionary solution has been shown to reduce future hospital admissions of patients with heart failure by more than one-third. Implanted in the pulmonary artery in a non-surgical outpatient procedure, CardioMEMS involves a sensor that transmits daily readings from a patient’s home to providers at Catawba Valley Cardiology who monitor their status on a regular basis. This allows early detection and medical intervention sooner, improving heart failure patient outcomes.

How the CVMC Heart Failure Clinic Helps Patients: 

  • Alternative to repeated emergency room visits
  • Proactive management of heart failure symptoms
  • Frequent follow-up to assess symptoms & treat problems reducing hospital admissions and readmissions
  • Patient education for proper self-care
  • Careful evaluation of prescribed heart failure medications
  • Easy access to a heart failure specialist
Catawba Valley Cardiology Heart Failure Specialist Sara Paul, DNP-FNP

Catawba Valley Cardiology Heart Failure Specialist Sara Paul, DNP-FNP

Heart Failure Clinic Services Include:

  • Same day or next day appointment for symptom management
  • IV diuretic administration
  • Regular monitoring/follow-up
  • Heart rhythm management
  • ECG, echo, PT/INR
  • Pacemaker/ICD interrogation
  • Wireless cardiac event monitoring and intervention
  • Treadmill stress test
  • Referral for implantable defibrillator or cardiac resynchronization therapy
  • Referral for advanced heart failure therapies
  • Hospice/palliative care referral & management
  • Coordination of home health services
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