Heart Failure Center
Established in 1997, the Heart Failure Center accepts patients who have been referred by their physicians for heart failure management. The center is an outpatient facility and is staffed by nurse practitioners who carefully guide patients and their families through the management of this chronic illness. Our goal is to help patients with heart failure live the best life possible and reduce hospitalizations for this chronic condition.
The progression of heart failure can sometimes be slowed or even stopped with close management and the proper medications. The Heart Failure Center at Spartanburg Regional has had remarkable success in helping patients manage their heart failure.
What is Heart Failure?
Heart failure is a common condition that usually develops slowly as the heart muscle weakens and must work harder to keep blood flowing through the body. Heart failure usually occurs as the result of an injury to the heart, such as the damage caused by a heart attack, long-term high blood pressure, or an abnormality of one of the heart valves. The disease is progressive and generally results in repeat hospitalizations for worsening symptoms. Heart failure can be managed on an outpatient basis but requires patient education and follow-up.
You and your nurse practitioner, in collaboration with your cardiologist, primary care physician, and other healthcare providers, will develop a plan of care to help you live your best.
Nurse practitioners teach a class called "The Power of Managing Your Heart Failure." New patients are encouraged to attend, but all who are interested are invited. We cover the basics of heart failure, including signs, symptoms, causes and treatments. The class is taught on Wednesday afternoons from 1-3 p.m. Call 560-6409 for dates and location.
During your visit to the Heart Failure Center, nurse practitioners review your current symptoms, check your weight and blood pressure, provide education, and perform a physical exam, lab tests and other tests as needed. Your plan of care will be adjusted based on your current condition.
Our inpatient team members provide education for our referred patients prior to discharge from the hospital. We coordinate care with other agencies, such as home health, and make appropriate referrals. We arrange urgent or emergency visits to the center for patients with new or worsening symptoms. We help qualified patients obtain their medications through multiple patient assistance programs.
Heart Failure Center nurse practitioners are on call 24 hours a day to help patients with questions or problems. The Heart Failure Center is located at 1330 Boiling Spring Road at North Grove Medical Park. Call 864-560-6409 for more informaiton.
Heart Failure Society of America
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