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Heart Failure Clinic Includes ECMO and LVAD Therapies

July 01, 2022
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The Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute has established one of the region’s most comprehensive programs for patients with acute symptoms of heart failure. By combining a sophisticated cardiac treatment program with an advanced heart failure clinic, the program ensures patients receive inclusive care specific to their needs.

The Heart Failure Clinic is staffed with a multidisciplinary team of advanced heart failure specialists, cardiologists, practice providers, nurses, social workers and pharmacists. Experts use the latest technologies to develop personalized plans beginning within seven days of hospital release.

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Anthony Rongione, MD

“We now have a fully staffed heart failure program that offers a one-stop shop for any patient who needs advanced therapies for this disease,” says Anthony Rongione, MD, a board-certified cardiac and thoracic surgeon with the Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute. “With one phone call, even from the emergency room, we can support any referring physician when optimal medical management is failing or the resources at other hospitals aren't adequate enough.”

The Orlando Health Heart and Vascular Institute offers advanced heart failure patients a broad spectrum of care, including 24/7 critical care, heart failure cardiology coverage and cardiac surgery coverage. Treatment ranges from inotropic and partial support with smaller Impella and balloon pumps, to full-on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support and left ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy. The Heart Failure Clinic then monitors patients with advanced diagnostic and treatment protocols, including cardiac MRI, genetic testing and remote patient monitoring.

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Early referrals allow for immediate evaluation and action. “We have our cardiogenic shock pathway and protocol set up, and with one call, can help you decide what your patient needs,” says Dr. Rongione. “We can quickly evaluate which support or therapies best benefit them – whether they are in full-blown cardiogenic shock or need a medical tune-up and inotropic support. The key is seeing them as soon as possible.”

To refer a patient, use EpicCare link or call (321) 841-6444.

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