“The patients all seem pleased about the clinic opening and what we have to offer them,” said Emily Costolnick, clinical manager. “It seems to put the patients and their families at ease knowing there is somewhere they can go to receive the care and resources they need to help them feel better and improve their quality of life.”
The goal of the clinic, which has been open for more than a month, is to improve self-care of patients and empower them to understand and take control of their health, said Marenda Russell, Floyd Heart Failure Program coordinator. The clinic provides educational resources, lab work and medication administration.
“This clinic provides patients and their families the opportunity to become more engaged in their care and more knowledgeable about their disease process,” Russell said. “The staff has developed a great support system.”
The Heart Failure Clinic is located in Suite 103 on the first floor of the 330 Physicians Center, 330 Turner McCall Blvd., next to Floyd Medical Center. It is open Monday through Friday. Referrals from a physician are required.
Nearly 6 million Americans are living with heart failure, which occurs when the heart cannot pump blood efficiently enough to meet the body’s needs, according to the American Heart Association. It’s one of the most common reasons people age 65 and older go into the hospital.