At Carolinas HealthCare (CHS), our goal is to empower patients with congestive heart failure to improve their care by educating them about their disease, improving compliance to physician directions, encouraging family support, and connecting resources to facilitate care.
Our heart failure programs are specialized and comprehensive, managing patients who are newly diagnosed with congestive heart failure, to patients recovering from a heart transplant.
Proven Patient Benefits
Enrollment in a heart failure program has shown to reduce the chance of hospitalization and improve health:
- Reduce hospital admissions for 75 percent of patients enrolled in the heart failure program
- Reduce readmission length of stay in 29 percent of patients enrolled in heart failure program
- Improve heart function in 46 percent of patients enrolled in the heart failure program
||About 75% of heart failure cases start with high blood pressure issues. In a hypertensive heart, muscles thicken to make up for increased blood pressure, which can ultimately lead to end-stage heart failure.
Our heart failure programs emphasize individualized patient diagnosis and treatment provided by physicians in conjunction with key clinical coordinators. We believe a team approach is the best technique to deliver the most comprehensive heart failure management tools.
Meet Sanjeev Gulati, MD, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation Cardiologist
Our Heart Failure Treatment Components
- Patient education
- Medication management and education
- Home-care intravenous medication
- Dietary and exercise counseling
- Social assistance and referral to community services
- Access to clinical trials
- Access to support groups and social services resources
- Cardio-oncology clinic to manage patients with cancer and congestive heart failure
- Pulmonary hypertension treatment
Supporting Patients Every Step of the Way
Carolinas HealthCare System and Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute have developed a unique process to manage heart failure patients, starting with education by a nurse navigator in the hospital. The Heart Success program serves as a tool to transition patients from the hospital into a program where they can receive access to a variety of support services, and specialized care.