Heart Programs - University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview

Heart Failure Management – CORE Clinic

Patients with heart failure can receive care from the Cardiomyopathy Optimization Rehabilitation and Education Clinic (C.O.R.E. Clinic) offered at three University of Minnesota Physicians Heart at Fairview clinic locations in Edina, Burnsville and at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview.

C.O.R.E. Clinic delivers comprehensive, state-of-the-art care to patients with cardiomyopathy and heart failure. This outpatient program helps patients avoid hospitalizations, slows the progression of their disease, improves the length and quality of life and detects future heart problems before they become life threatening.

C.O.R.E. Clinic providers make living with heart disease a lot less scary
The C.O.R.E. Clinic is based on a phase-by-phase approach, which is tailored to each patient’s individual needs. The cardiologist, nurse practitioners and physician assistants provide ongoing outpatient care and an individualized treatment plan that guides heart failure and cardiomyopathy patients from evaluation and education to stabilization.

Through proactive management of all phases of the C.O.R.E. program, patients will be better able to take control of their condition, improve their life expectancy and prevent unnecessary and costly emergency room and inpatient hospital treatments.

Heart failure care is managed by our successful five-phase approach

Phase 1 – Evaluation
Patients are seen by a cardiologist to assess for cause and severity of disease. The most advanced imaging studies and laboratory testing is available. Medical therapy is typically adjusted or initiated at this first visit.

Phase 2 – Optimization
Patients are seen by a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. The plan of care outlined by the cardiologist is reviewed with the patient. Medications are carefully balanced to relieve symptoms and prevent serious complications. Patients receive education to help them live with the disease. These adjustments typically require a few outpatient visits. Self-monitoring tools are also provided.

One tool available to patients is the Telemanagement Patient Support Program. This program provides patients with information needed to keep their conditions under control. Medical care is coordinate with the primary care provider.

Phase 3 – Resynchronization
Following optimization, patients will be carefully evaluated for treatments such as a defibrillator or advanced pacemaker.

Phase 4 – Stabilization
Patients enter this phase treatment has been ongoing, and their condition is stable without severe symptoms. They will be monitored periodically by their cardiologist and primary care providers – to maintain stability and diagnose problems before they become serious.

Phase 5 – Restabilization (if necessary)
In this phase, patients with recurring symptomatic episodes will be evaluated to see if they could benefit from ultrafiltration, intravenous medical therapy, home health care or more aggressive monitoring. As with all phases, our goal is to help you avoid emergency room visits and hospital admissions.

Keep hospital visits to a minimum
C.O.R.E. Clinic is an outpatient disease management program for patients with congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy. It is dedicated to helping heart failure patients:

  • Avoid hospitalizations
  • Slow the progression of the disease
  • Improve the length and quality of life
  • Receive easy access to quality health care and advice
  • Better understand their condition and treatment
  • Decrease the tremendous burden of the costs of heart failure care
  • Detect future heart problems before they become life threatening

If you have been diagnosed with heart failure or cardiomyopathy, ask your doctor about the C.O.R.E. Clinic. Take control of your condition instead of letting it take control of you. Our staff consists of cardiologists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and registered nurses.

To schedule an appointment of for more information, calls 612-365-5000.