Nash UNC Health Care opens new heart failure clinic

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ROCKY MOUNT — UNC Cardiology at Nash has recently opened an outpatient Heart Failure and Intravenous Diuresis Clinic to improve care and access to services for heart failure patients.

“We have seen a rise in heart failure in our Emergency Department in recent years, and it is the leading cause of 30-day hospital readmissions,” said Sarah Heenan, executive director of Nash UNC Health Care’s Heart Center. “Outpatient IV diuresis helps many patients avoid emergency department visits and potential hospitalization, and therefore allows them quicker, easier and more cost effective access to treatment.”

Patients diagnosed by a medical provider with heart failure, and meeting certain criteria such as being medically stable and being able to use the bathroom independently or with minimal help, can qualify for outpatient IV diuresis, which helps regulate bodily fluid balance to support proper heart function in advanced heart failure patients. Their primary care physician, cardiologist or other medical provider can refer them to UNC Cardiology at Nash to establish care.

Patients receiving IV diuresis should expect their visit to last four hours during which an IV will be placed, and labs and vital signs will be monitored prior to medication administration and throughout the treatment.

“This is an exciting time for the Heart Center and our comprehensive cardiology program in this community,” said Heenan. “The Heart Failure and IV Diuresis Clinic will open many doors for our patients to better control their health and to enjoy life outside the hospital.”

If you are experiencing heart failure symptoms, such as shortness of breath, fatigue and weakness, chest pain, and persistent coughing with white or pink phlegm, ask your physician to make a referral to UNC Cardiology at Nash by calling 252-962-2328.