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Transitional Heart Failure Clinic

Congestive Heart Failure

South Denver Cardiology Transitional Heart Failure Clinic (THFC)

Our vision is to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for our patients across the spectrum of heart failure. We strive toward helping our patients to experience progressive healing through the best therapies available. We focus on success without failure. Failure is not an option! Click here for our new patient welcome letter.

To contact the Transitional Heart Failure Clinic call: 303-744-1065 (option 3 for the Nurse’s line)
The THFC is located in the South Denver Heart Center at 1000 SouthPark Dr., Littleton, CO 80120

Our Patient Portal is one of our main avenues when it comes to communicating with you.  You can ask our nursing staff questions, request appointments, record and track your own personal health history, pay your bill and renew your prescriptions online. Click here to visit the Patient Portal

Hot off the press! Manage your heart failure with an app on your phone. Click here for more details.

Meet the staff of the THFC,

Physicians

Ira Dauber, M.D.

Physicians,
Grant Bailey, M.D.

Physicians,
Cinthia Bateman, M.D.

Physicians,
Arthur Levene, M.D.

Physicians,
David Schuchman, M.D.

Physicians,

Nurse Practitioners

Shari Nieman
Nurse Practitioner Supervisor
Leadership Team, Nurse Practitioners,
Paula McDermott

Nurse Practitioners,
Elizabeth Carter

Nurse Practitioners,
Christine Harms

Nurse Practitioners,
Kelly Webster

Nurse Practitioners,
Brianna Jackson

Nurse Practitioners,

Nurses, Medical Assistants & Support Staff

Vicki Petts, BSN

Specialty RN's,
Roan Bacalla, BSN, CHFN

Specialty RN's,
Susanne Sanstra, BSN, RN

Specialty RN's,
Jordan Burdi, BSN, RN

Specialty RN's,
Sarah Turley, CMA, CT

Support Team,
Darli Miravete, MA

Support Team,
Danielle Nuanes

Support Team,

Is the THFC right for me?

Who is a candidate and what to expect when you come to the clinic:

The Transitional Heart Failure Clinic (THFC) is designed to treat and support patients transitioning through phases of heart failure. Our goal is to provide excellent care and quality of life in patients with heart failure. Outside referrals into the clinic require an evaluation by a South Denver Cardiology Associates (SDCA) cardiologist. If the SDCA physician saw you during a hospital stay, then you may be referred directly to the clinic.

If you are unable to participate in Cardiac Rehab, or it is not covered by your insurance company, please ask for alternatives.

The THFC offers a comprehensive program staffed by highly qualified physicians, advanced practice nurses, cardiac R.N.’s, and medical assistants. The first visit is a 1-1/2 hour comprehensive overview that includes a detailed history, physical exam, medication review, and goal setting. Diagnostic and laboratory testing may be ordered. Education is a large focus of the clinic, and the modular education units are available on a link below on this website. Specific areas of educational support include fluid management, diet, exercise, medication management, and psychosocial needs. The clinic can provide same day or next day access and if needed IV diuretics. Once the patient has recovered and has completed the modular education, the patient is transitioned out of the THFC back to their primary cardiologist or physician.

If you think you would be a candidate for the THFC, please contact your primary care provider or cardiologist to be referred to our clinic.

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Living With Heart Failure: A Patient Perspective

Carol is 51 years old and had her heart failure successfully treated at the Transitional Heart Failure Clinic at South Denver Cardiology. Carol has an encouraging story for any woman who gets heart failure at any age.

Patient Resources:

What is Heart Failure?

What is Heart Failure Flyer

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Your Daily Responsibilities

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Heart Failure Zones, What zone are you in today?

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Heart Failure Daily Log

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Educational Modules designed to help patients

The THFC has patient resources provided by the Heart Failure Society of America. We thank them for the use of this material.

The Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) has prepared a series of educational modules designed to help patients learn to live successfully with heart failure. The advice in the modules can help heart failure patients feel better, stay out of the hospital and live longer. The modules are self-contained and written in easy to understand language. Each module provides practical information on a specific topic that is useful to both patients and their families. Each module also includes questions that should ask their doctors or nurses. Patients should actively work with their health care providers to achieve the best outcomes.

Heart Failure Society of America

Educational modules

Module 1- Taking Control of Heart Failure

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Module 2 – How to Follow a Low Sodium Diet

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Module 3 – Heart Failure Medications

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Module 4 – Self-Care: Following Your Treatment Plan and Dealing with Your Symptoms

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Module 5 – Exercise and Activity

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Module 6 – Managing Feelings About Heart Failure

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Module 7 – Tips for Family and Friends on Heart Failure

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Module 8 – Lifestyle Changes: Managing Other Chronic Conditions

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Module 9 – Advance Care Planning

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Module 10 – Heart Rhythm Problems

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Module 11 – Clinical Trials

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