Our group is expanding the use of this new technology beyond
patients who are waiting for transplant ('bridge to transplant') to
patients who do not qualify for transplant but have an unacceptable
quality of life on medical therapy ('destination therapy').
Donna Jackson's heart, on the verge of failing two years earlier, had made a strong recovery. By spring 2013, she no longer needed the left ventricular assist device, or LVAD, that had been implanted in her chest almost three years earlier.
At your first appointment, you will meet our heart failure team,
including a heart failure physician and nurse. We will review your
medical history and any of the tests that have been sent with you.
During the visit, you will receive education about your condition,
recommendations about changes to your diet, and may have medications
adjusted and other tests ordered.
We usually obtain an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart) to
measure your heart and valve function. We also obtain an
electrocardiogram (EKG) to assess the rhythm of your heart. If you
have a defibrillator or pacemaker, we may interrogate your device to
make sure it is working appropriately. We may ask you to have blood
drawn at our laboratory to check your kidney and liver function.
PREPARE FOR YOUR APPOINTMENT
Please bring your medication list and the actual pill bottles
for those medications
Bring any test results, including
laboratory tests. It is best to obtain the actual images on CD-ROM
for echocardiograms, angiograms, and stress tests
usually obtain notes from your physician beforehand, but encourage
you to bring any medical documentation available to you.
you need to have any diagnostic testing performed our clinic will
help you set up appointments for the testing.
Plan to be at
the clinic for one hour or longer.
AFTER YOUR APPOINTMENT
At future visits, depending on the severity of your condition, a
number of diagnostic tests may be performed. These may include
exercise stress testing (VO2 max testing), cardiac catheterization, or
even genetic testing.
You may reach a transplant nurse coordinator at 650-498-9909.
Stanford Health Care (formerly Stanford Hospital & Clinics)
provides comprehensive services to refer and track patients, as well
as provides the latest information and news for physicians and office
staff. For help with all referral needs and questions visit Referring Physicians.
HOW TO REFER
Call Val Cannon at 650-723-5468. Fax a referral form with supporting documentation to 650-320-9443.
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