If you've been diagnosed with heart failure, even the term may sound shocking.  It doesn't mean, however, that your heart "failed" or stopped.  It means that the heart can't pump properly to meet your body's needs.

At the Excela Heart Failure Clinic, we can help you manage heart failure through a comprehensive approach.  Additionally, we are an educational resource to lessen or prevent hospital readmission and increase your understanding about heart failure - including the disease process, diet, medications, and symptoms - to improve your quality of life.


Our Team

In our outpatient clinic, our board certified cardiologists have extensive knowledge and expertise in treating heart failure and work together with a certified nurse practitioner, physician's assistant, registered nurse, and medical assistant, all trained in heart failure management and treatment. Our goals are:

  • To treat your symptoms actively
  • To decrease emergency department visits
  • To minimize hospitalizations and readmissions

WHAT TO EXPECT AT YOUR CLINIC APPOINTMENT

Once you schedule your appointment, we

  • Review symptoms and medications
  • Provide education so you understand the disease process fully
  • Coordinate care with other departments if needed including cardiac rehabilitation, your pharmacy, home health and dietary

We keep your primary care doctor and/or cardiologist informed about your clinic visits, which complement the care they provide, not replace it.

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is heart failure?

A. Heart failure means that the heart cannot pump oxygen-rich blood to meet the body’s needs. When the heart is not pumping properly, blood can back up into the heart and the lungs.  This increased pressure then forces fluid from the blood into the lungs as well as other places, causing swelling.

Q. What are signs and symptoms of heart failure?

  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness, fatigue, loss of energy
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal swelling (belly bloat)
  • Swollen ankles/legs
  • Weight gain

Q. What does the Excela Heart Failure Clinic offer to patients?

A. Our clinic offers a comprehensive approach to manage patients with heart failure.  Our goal is to treat your symptoms actively and decrease emergency department visits and hospitalizations.  We also serve as an educational resource to lessen or prevent hospital readmissions and increase your understanding about heart failure including the disease process, diet, medications and symptoms ― to improve your quality of life.  Outpatient diuretic infusion is also available for those patients who need it. We also help you recognize the early signs and symptoms of heart failure and when to seek treatment, avoiding an emergency situation if possible.

Q. Who will I see at the Excela Heart Failure Clinic? Does this replace my Primary Care Physician or my Cardiologist?

A. In our outpatient clinic, our board certified cardiologists have extensive knowledge and expertise in treating heart failure.  They work together with a certified nurse practitioner, physician assistant, registered nurse and a medical assistant who are trained in heart failure management and treatment.

Our team also coordinates care with other medical providers, if needed, including home health, cardiac rehabilitation, dieticians and pharmacy.  We keep your primary care doctor and/or cardiologist informed about your clinic visits, which are meant to complement the care they provide, not replace it.

Q. How can I become a patient at the Excela Heart Failure Clinic?

A. There are several ways you can be referred to the Excela Health Heart Failure Clinic.  They include:

  • Ask your nurse or physician to refer you to the clinic if you are a hospitalized patient. 
  • Ask your primary care physician or cardiologist to refer you to the clinic.
  • You or a family member can call to request an appointment by contacting the Excela Health Call Center at 1-877-771-1234.
  • Or visit our web site, excelahealth.org, go to the Heart Failure web page and click on “Request an Appointment”

 

The Heart Failure Clinic is located in Medical Commons One, 530 South Street, Second Floor, Greensburg, Pa.  To schedule an appointment, call 1-877-771-1234 or visit us on-line.