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Heart Failure Program

Northern Nevada Medical Group’s Heart Failure Program is a joint effort involving a multispecialty team. We are dedicated to providing collaborative and individualized treatment for heart failure patients in our community.

What is Heart Failure?

Heart Failure (HF) is a condition in which the heart cannot pump enough blood through the body to meet its needs for blood and oxygen. This weakening of the heart's pumping ability may cause:

  • Blood and fluid to collect in the lungs
  • Fluid to collect in the feet, ankles and legs, causing swelling (edema)
  • Fatigue and shortness of breath
  • Difficulty walking, climbing stairs or carrying groceries

Enroll In Our Program

To enroll in our Heart Failure program, call Northern Nevada Medical Group Cardiology at 775-356-4514.

Heart Failure Causes

The causes of HF include coronary artery disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. HF is more common in people who have had a heart attack, people who are 65 and older and African Americans. Men are more likely to have HF than women, although women also develop it.

If you have HF, we will help you treat it. Although HF is a serious condition, many people lead full, enjoyable lives when the condition is managed with heart medications and healthy lifestyle changes.

Avoiding Hospital Readmission

Diagnostic services at Northern Nevada Medical Center help HF patients avoid multiple readmissions to the hospital. Patients receive one-on-one education support, regular phone calls from our team and healthy-living advice.

CardioMEMS™ Heart Failure Monitoring Device

Patients can have their pulmonary artery (PA) pressure monitored without leaving their home. Northern Nevada Medical Group uses the CardioMEMS™ heart failure system to remotely monitor pressure in the pulmonary artery. The first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitoring device has proven to reduce hospital admissions when used by physicians to manage heart failure. With the CardioMEMS HF System, a miniaturized, wireless monitoring sensor is implanted in the pulmonary artery through a minimally invasive procedure. This enables patients to remotely transmit PA pressure readings to physicians at Northern Nevada Medical Group from the comfort of their own home.

Heart Failure Support Group

We encourage HF patients and their caregivers to participate in our monthly HF Support Group. Anyone from the community is invited to attend these informative group meetings (you do not need to be a patient) that provide support and resources to patients living with HF.

To enroll in the program as a new patient, contact Northern Nevada Medical Group Cardiology at 775-356-4514.

Existing patients can contact our nurse coordinator, Janie Gomez, BSN at 775-352-5386.