Heart Failure Management – C.O.R.E. Clinic

If you have congestive heart failure or cardiomyopathy, our C.O.R.E. Clinic can help you better manage your condition and improve your health and quality of life.

C.O.R.E. (Cardiomyopathy Optimization Rehabilitation and Education) is a tailored outpatient disease management program dedicated to helping 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 cost burden of heart failure care
  • Detect future heart problems before they become life threatening

C.O.R.E. Clinic providers make living with heart disease more manageable

The C.O.R.E. program is tailored to each patient’s individual needs, using a phase-by-phase approach. Through proactive management of all phases of the program, patients can take control of their condition and improve their quality of life.

  • Patients – For more information: 612-365-5000.
  • Physicians – Call our physician line for consultations or referrals: 612-365-6000.
C.O.R.E clinics are located at:


A proven five-phase approach to managing heart failure care

Phase 1 – Evaluation

Patients are seen by a cardiologist for an assessment of the cause and severity of the heart 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

The cardiologists work closely with a nurse practitioner or physician assistant to provide life-saving medicines and the education necessary to keep patients well. This typically requires a few outpatient visits. Self-monitoring tools are also provided, including a home-based Telemanagement Program. Medical care is coordinated with the patient’s primary care provider.

Phase 3 – Resynchronization

Following the optimization phase, patients are carefully evaluated for treatments such as a defibrillator or advanced pacemaker.

Phase 4 – Stabilization

Patients enter this phase when their condition is stable without severe symptoms. They are 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 symptoms are evaluated to see if they could benefit from more advanced therapies.

Keep hospital visits to a minimum

If you have been diagnosed with heart failure or cardiomyopathy, ask your doctor about the CORE 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 or for more information, call 612-365-5000.