Heart failure affects more than 5 million Americans and the numbers are growing as our population ages.
“There is a growing need for heart failure care in our region,” said Vijayasekaran. “Management of heart failure involves complex decision making with a team of health care providers, including the interventionist, electrophysiologist, surgeons, physician assistants, nurses and others. It requires a multidisciplinary approach to manage this chronic disease. We have always managed heart failure patients at Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, and I hope to further enhance these efforts to provide the highest quality care for this complex condition.”
According to the American College of Cardiology, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology certification requires a high degree of competency in all aspects of heart failure care, including technical proficiencies required to manage patients undergoing heart transplant and device implants.
“Though heart transplants and left ventricular device transplants are not done at Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute, we will be able to follow and manage these patients along with specialized hospitals where these procedures take place,” said Vijayasekaran.
Samaritan Heart & Vascular Institute provides a wide range of advanced cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and electrophysiology services, with clinics in Albany, Corvallis, Lebanon, Lincoln City and Newport, and also serves patients from Eugene, Salem and neighboring areas.