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University Hospitals Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Center Accepts Patient Referrals

University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute’s Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Center in Cleveland, Ohio, accepts referrals for patients with heart failure or other chronic heart problems.

To refer a patient for an appointment, call us direct at 216-844-3800 or call University Hospitals 24-Hour Rapid Referral line at 1-866-UH4-CARE (1-866-844-2273). The rapid access system at UH allows you to refer a patient and receive an appointment within 24 hours with one of our highly skilled heart failure specialists.

UH Transfer Referral Center Expedites Patient Transfers

At UH, referring physicians can expedite patient transfers by calling 216-844-1111 or 800-421-9199 for patient transfer assistance. Services at our Transfer Referral Center include:

  • Basic or Advanced Life Support (ALS) transports
  • Ground and air medical evacuation
  • Critical care transports

General Referral Guidelines

Patients with the following cardiovascular conditions should be considered for referral to the Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Center at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute:

  • NYHA Class III or IV (despite medical/device therapy)
  • Worsening renal function
  • Frequent rehospitalization for heart failure exacerbations
  • Intolerance to standard heart failure medications

What Patients Can Expect

Patients seen in University Hospitals Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute’s Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Center can expect:

  • A complete physical assessment by a heart failure specialist
  • Individualized care plan developed by the heart failure team and the patient
  • Intensive education on how patient can help manage their heart failure
  • Diet review and instruction on how to follow a low sodium diet
  • Exercise testing and risk stratification
  • Exercise training instruction and guidance
  • Complete medication review and teaching about how to properly take medicines, monitoring for possible side effects and possible medication interactions
  • Help with financial application for medication assistance programs patient might qualify for
  • Assistance with the disability application if patient needs this
  • Opportunity to participate in cutting-edge projects and research trials which may lead to future changes in the way heart failure patients are cared for
  • Heart transplant and assist device evaluation

University Hospitals Physician Advice Line

Nationally recognized physicians and surgeons at UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute are available for consultation or for immediate decision-making advice.

University Hospitals Physician Advice Line is available at 216-844-1001.

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