New Heart Failure Clinic opens at Wood County Hospital

(Submitted by Wood County Hospital)

Beginning this week, Wood County Hospital will offer specialized care for those suffering from congestive heart failure. The new Heart Failure Clinic at Wood County Hospital, led by Board Certified Cardiologist Dr. Brent DeVries, will provide specialized care and education for patients diagnosed with congestive heart failure. The multidisciplinary team assists by providing the tools necessary to manage the condition and avoid hospital admission. Treatment is aimed to improve quality of life through lifestyle changes and drug therapy.

“Heart failure is a leading cause of hospitalization in the United States. Our goal at the heart failure clinic is to provide expert care and additional resources to help improve quality of life and prevent the need for hospital admission in those patients,” DeVries said.

Heart Failure Clinic Services include:
• Congestive Heart Failure management
• Monitor and adjust medications
• Education on the management of the condition and how to control symptoms
• Develop a comprehensive care plan that meets heart failure management guidelines
• Work collaboratively with the primary care physician, cardiologist, and other providers to make adjustments to medications or treatment plan as needed

“We are very excited about offering this new comprehensive program to our patients to support the management of their symptoms and risk factors and help them be as independent and healthyas possible,” said Tamara Awald, Chief Nursing Officer, Wood County Hospital.

For more information about the program, the community may call (419) 354-8905.