At Valley, we take a team approach to treating heart failure – a complex, life-threatening condition.
Our goal is to ensure you have the highest quality of life and wellness possible. We work as a team to treat congestive heart failure in the most appropriate setting for you — whether that is in our clinic, your home or the hospital.
The Valley Approach to Treating Heart Failure
We’re proud to provide highly individualized monitoring plans that complement your existing cardiac care and respect your desires.
Our approach is to treat the whole person. That means our monitoring plans focus on:
- Helping you manage symptoms of heart failure
- Providing nutritional counseling and education on the condition
- Addressing issues that can arise from a heart failure diagnosis, including medication costs and transportation issues
What to Expect at Your First Visit
Because we take an in-depth, comprehensive approach to heart failure care, you can expect to spend at least an hour and a half with our staff during your first visit.
The first visit consists of:
- Comprehensive medical history
- Thorough physical exam and blood work
- Treatment such as intravenous diuretics, as needed
- Education about congestive heart failure, how to manage symptoms and how to recognize warning signs of worsening heart failure
- Discussion of medication and dosing (if applicable)
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Ischemic Cardiomyopathy
Why Choose Valley for Heart Failure Treatment?
Comprehensive, personalized care: Valley’s heart failure program uses a team approach to provide comprehensive and personalized care for heart failure patients. Our program collaborates with:
- Cardiac rehabilitation specialists
- Cardiac surgeons
- Cardiologists, including specialists in electrophysiology and interventional cardiology for resynchronization therapy; implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs); ultrafiltration; and ventricular assist devices
- Dietitians for nutritional counseling
- Home care specialists to monitor patients through the Telemanagement Program; they are available after hours if any problems arise
- Nurse practitioners and nurses to check in with recently discharged patients via follow-up phone calls
- Pharmacists to talk about taking medications on a regular basis (adherence) and to discuss side effects
- Respiratory therapists
Low readmission rates: Our program helps keep you out of the hospital. Our heart failure program’s success is due in part to the smooth transition of care: from our hospital to your home or medical facilities such as rehabilitation or assisted living. We work hard to make sure patients receive the follow-up care they need.
Patient surgical outcomes: Valley has also developed strategies to improve surgical outcomes in patients with severely diminished left ventricular function (‘low-ejection fraction’ patients). That means we minimize or eliminate the duration of heart muscle ‘down-time’ during heart surgery.
Monitoring congestive heart failure from home: Through Valley Home Care’s Telemanagement Program, you can use a portable monitor to track your heart failure symptoms, including any changes in blood pressure or weight, from home. You can also get reminders to take your medication, a key part of managing heart failure. Through this system, your vitals are sent to Valley cardiac nurses for review and follow-up as needed.
Clinical trials: We regularly offer clinical trials in congestive heart failure. This gives you access to potential new therapies that are not yet widely available. And it means our program is constantly seeking the latest treatment options for our patients.