Carolinas HealthCare System
Patient Referrals

To refer your patient, please call our heart failure clinic today.

Call us at: 877-999-7484

Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute’s network throughout the Carolinas makes exceptional cardiac care accessible to those who need it. More than 90 physicians and 25 care locations comprise their network, with the heart transplant and mechanical circulatory support team doing their work at Carolinas HealthCare System’s main hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. As one of only a few in the region, the advanced heart failure program plays a critical role in the health of Carolina residents.

Key Differentiators

Award-Winning Partnerships

Sanger partners with Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Children’s Hospital, ranked a best children’s hospital by U.S. News and World Report for excellence in pediatric heart surgery and cardiology.

Convenient Location

Based in Charlotte, Sanger Heart & Vascular Institute is one of only a few cardiovascular centers in North Carolina with an adult heart transplant program. We are also the closest transplant center to most patients in South Carolina.

Quality Care

Sanger’s team continually surpasses national and regional averages for length of stay and survival rates. Unlike most programs, our transplant team does not require patients to live in Charlotte before or after their surgery—they can return home where their care is followed remotely.

Heart Success Program

Recently awarded for excellence in healthcare by the Charlotte Business Journal, our Heart Success Program serves as a tool to transition heart failure patients from the acute care setting following their hospital discharge. With plans to expand across the System, the program improves quality of life while reducing readmission rates by reducing variations in care, engaging family members to ensure physician direction is followed (as in diet and medication management) as well as providing the appropriate tools and resources patients may need.

Referral Criteria for Heart Failure Patients

Patients with any criteria below could be considered:

  1. Systolic heart failure with refractory symptoms (Class 3b/4) despite optimal medical and device therapy (OMT)
  2. Intolerant to HF medications or having to withdraw medications.
  3. 1 or more heart failure hospitalizations in 6 months
  4. If on OMT and patient has one or more of the following:
    1. Hyponatremia < 132 mmol/l
    2. Hypotension SBP < 90 mmHg
    3. Azotemia BUN > 40 (excluding dehydration) or worsening renal function (thought to be secondary to HF)
  5. Recurrent ICD shock or refractory VT
  6. Escalating Diuretic requirement
  7. Age 18-75 years old with no obvious life limiting co-morbidities

To refer your patient today, please call our heart failure clinic at 877-999-7484.