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Friday, January 11, 2013 - Munson Offers Special Clinic for Heart Failure Patients


Munson Heart Failure Clinic team helps heart failure patients have a better quality of life.

Munson Offers Special Clinic for Patients with Heart Failure
Heart Failure Clinic helps patients improve quality of life

About 5 million people in the United States have heart failure.

In December, Munson Medical Center began offering a new clinic for patients suffering from heart failure.

The Heart Failure Clinic offers a multidisciplinary approach to the treatment of heart failure. It brings together a team including a board certified heart failure cardiologist, a specially trained nurse practitioner, a nurse specialist, and a pharmacist specializing in the diagnosis and management of heart failure.

“Our heart failure team works collaboratively to determine the best treatment plan for patients with heart failure,” said Bob Stanton, director of Cardiovascular Services.

Heart failure is a condition that requires comprehensive disease management with frequent check-ups to keep the condition stable. Munson’s heart failure team provides a comprehensive disease management program that delivers individualized care for each patient. Patients in the Heart Failure Clinic also have access to Munson’s outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program, and nutrition and medication education for further support of symptom management.

“Heart failure will not go away,” said Dino Recchia, M.D., F.A.C.C., director of the Heart Failure Clinic, “but by seeing patients in the Clinic, we can manage the condition, increase lifespan, and help patients remain active for as long as possible.”

Munson’s heart failure team works closely with both the Spectrum Health and the University of Michigan mechanical circulatory support and transplant teams in order to provide patient evaluation services locally. Additionally, using a “shared care” model, patients can receive follow up care in the Heart Failure Clinic with minimal travel and improved outcomes. The heart failure clinic team also has expertise in the evaluation and management of patients with pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary hypertension involves high pressure in the arteries to the lungs and can be a serious condition that requires very specialized evaluation and care. The heart failure clinic has developed a strong partnership with the pulmonary hypertension program at the University of Michigan and can provide patients in northern Michigan with the highest level of care for this condition.

“We are proud of our cardiology program and coronary bypass program, rated number one in the nation in 2011 and 2012, and are passionate about continuing to expand the continuum of cardiovascular care that is available to northern Michigan residents close to home,” Stanton said.