Sarasota Memorial offers a multidisciplinary approach to prevent or slow the progression of cardiovascular disease, including nutritional therapy, prescriptive exercise programs, stress testing, cardiovascular risk assessment programs, cardiac rehabilitation, and educational classes for patients and healthcare providers.
Nutrition Counseling & Lifestyle Coaching
Whether your goal is to lose weight, improve your level of fitness or address a serious heart problem or health concern, Sarasota Memorial’s nutrition and lifestyle coaches provide the education and support you need to change old habits and meet your personal wellness goals. There are medical nutrition therapies available to help people manage or reduce risks for heart disease, hypertension, cancer diabetes, kidney disease, digestive disorders and much more. Click here to learn more or call our nutrition specialists at (941) 917-7468
Heart Failure Center
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is the leading reason for hospital re-admission; however, the risk can be considerably minimized through patient education and outpatient monitoring. Sarasota Memorial’s Heart Failure Center team of nurse practitioners and cardiologist medical director monitor CHF patients for months – sometimes years – after they leave the hospital to make sure they understand and are able to follow the advice of their doctors. The team meets as needed with patients and provides education and an individualized plan of care that encompasses outpatient clinic visits, frequent telephone contact for symptom management and weight tracking; cardiac rehabilitation; and dietary and psychological consultations. Admission to the program usually follows a physician referral. For information, call (941) 917-7867. Click here to learn more >>>
Aquapheresis is a medical therapy designed to remove excess salt and water from hospitalized patients suffering from fluid overload, most often found in people with congestive heart failure. It is used primarily for hospitalized patients whose bodies do not respond to standard therapies, such as diuretic medications. Studies indicate that approximately 50 percent of hospitalized heart failure patients achieve fluid and weight reduction with diuretics. The other 50 percent do not. Up to 30 percent of fluid overload patients suffer from diuretic resistance.
Physicians specify and adjust the exact amount and rate of fluid to be removed from each patient, resulting in a safe, gradual reduction that has no significant clinical impact on blood pressure, heart rate, or the balance of electrolytes (chemical substances, such as sodium, potassium, and chloride) in the body. Aquapheresis therapy requires a doctor’s prescription. For information, please talk to your doctor or call our heart failure education nurse Susan Gaillard at (941) 917-2114.
The Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program at Sarasota Memorial is designed to improve the health and quality of life of people living with heart, lung and vascular disease and help those managing chronic diseases lead active, productive lives. For more information or to request an appointment, call (941) 917-6139..
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Sarasota Memorial’s Anticoagulation Clinic is an outpatient medical specialty clinic that helps patients safely manage their anticoagulation medications, including Coumadin, Jantoven, warfarin and low molecular weight heparin. Learn more >>>>
Clinical Research Center
Sarasota Memorial is committed to supporting clinical research studies that lead to measurable improvements in cardiovascular disease diagnosis, treatment, and quality of life. Research goes on at an active pace with 30 or more studies under way at any point in time in in a wide cross-section of medical disciplines, including cardiovascular and cardiothoracic treatments. For more information, visit our Clinical Research Center website or call (941) 917-2225.