Baptist Health Louisville: Heart Failure Clinic
The heart failure clinic is a comprehensive program that includes a full evaluation in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn more about the heart failure clinic.
Heart Failure Clinic in Louisville, KY HealthTalks Transcript
Steven Heatherly, MD, Cardiology:
At the Baptist Health Heart Failure Clinic in Louisville, we work with patients and their families to help them understand their disease, the treatment options and managements that we have for them, and assist them in going about their care. The American College of Cardiology, a large accrediting body for anything that’s cardiology, accredited us for outpatient services for heart failure. We were the first clinic in the country to get it.
Our typical patient has a diagnosis of heart failure, and that can be either because their pump doesn’t work appropriately, it’s weak, or because they have pressure problems. There’s really two types of heart failure, but we see any type of heart failure here in the clinic. Our initial visit is very unusual for most patients because it’s about an hour to an hour-and-a-half full physical exam. We also spend a lot of time going through the medical record. We pull up all of their images and show it to them, their CAT scans, their echocardiograms, and we go over everything so we’re all on the same page. We know what the diagnosis is and what direction we’re going.
The heart failure clinic is comprehensive. It includes myself, and we also have a nurse, a nurse practitioner and a pharmacist. [It] is intended to make sure that every part of the patient’s care is covered. Our goal here at the Baptist Health Heart Failure Clinic is to learn the patient’s goals and help them live their best life.
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