The Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Program
The Gold Standard
When you choose The Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Program and entrust us with your care, our goal is to slow, halt or reverse disease progression, decrease symptoms and have you live a long, active, enjoyable life. Receiving the right treatment and paying attention to your lifestyle is key.
Heart Failure is a potentially life-threatening condition that affects more than 6 million people in the United States. It is the leading cause of hospitalization of those over the age of 65. Heart failure occurs when the heart doesn’t pump as efficiently as it should to deliver oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the body. This results in fatigue, shortness of breath and fluid retention that can lead to a loss of functional capacity.
In recent years, a great deal of progress has been made to treat heart failure. At our nationally recognized award-winning Heart Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension Program, highly experienced physicians and surgeons, and heart failure nurse practitioners take a multidisciplinary approach and provide advanced treatments to improve our patients’ outcomes.
We provide inpatient and outpatient management of heart failure, and collaborate with your cardiologist and primary care physician.
As an academic research center, we are also able to offer the newest advances and approved treatments.
Inpatient Care (While In Our Care)
Heart failure patients often have additional conditions or co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, renal insufficiency, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and anemia, which can result in long hospital stays or readmissions.
Our program features a dedicated inpatient heart failure unit while also providing in-hospital consultative services. Our definitive clinical pathways and multidisciplinary rounds aim to reduce lengths of stay, and educate patients to manage their conditions at home to prevent readmissions.
Outpatient Heart Failure Center (We’re Always With You)
Our Outpatient Heart Failure Center is where we manage your condition and provide education to keep you out of the hospital and living your life. Here you receive an initial consultation using state-of-the-art diagnostic methods. Nurse case managers and heart failure home care nurses provide you with ongoing care at the center and at home. Our telephone follow-up program focuses on patients with high readmission rates. The Outpatient Care Center ensures that more patients with heart failure receive optimal care without being admitted to the hospital.
The Heart Failure Program is one of only two in New Jersey with the expertise to diagnose and treat Pulmonary Hypertension. From the moment you are referred to our program, a comprehensive individualized treatment plan is established that addresses each stage of heart failure and pulmonary hypertension.
Services (Comprehensive Personalized Approach)
Cardiac/Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services
Ventricular Assist Devices
Heart and Lung Bridge To Transplant
Palliative Care and Pain Management
Research (Bench to Bedside)
As an academic medical center, we conduct robust clinical research on heart failure that addresses inpatient and outpatient aspects of care. We participate in FDA approved clinical trials that can provide our eligible patients access to investigational treatments not otherwise available, and publish findings in prestigious heart failure and cardiology journals.
Our multidisciplinary approach to research includes a team directed by a physician heart failure expert who is also a clinician. Team members include physician-scientists, nurses with extensive experience in the management of heart failure patients and an advanced practice nurse. Professionals in social services, dietary counseling, physical rehabilitation, educational programs and support groups round out the team.
Patients with advanced heart failure are provided with cutting edge treatments as well as an evaluation for a transplant and bridge to transplant when indicated.
Quality of care and a focus on patient safety is paramount. The Heart Failure Program is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Our Team (Putting Your Heart in the Best of Hands)
The Heart Failure Program was founded in 2000 by Robert Berkowitz, M.D., who received his medical degree from Yale University Medical School and his Ph.D. in cellular-molecular biology from the University of California at Davis.
Our team of cardiologists includes specialists in heart failure, mechanical devices (pacemaker, cardiac resynchronization therapy), heart rhythm and imaging (cardiac MRI, 3D imaging), interventional cardiology (stent implants, angioplasty), and cardiothoracic surgery (VAD implants, valve surgery).
Robert L. Berkowitz, MD; PhD; FACC – Program Medical Director
Bernard Kim, MD – Associate Medical Director
Kumar Satya, MD- Heart Failure Attending
Marites Welch, MA.Ed, BSN, RN, CCRN – Heart Failure Program Manager
Nancy Elmann, MSN, CCRN, APN-C – VAD Coordinator Nurse Practitioner
Barbara Heber-Sardonopoli BSRN, MSN, APN-C – Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner
20 Prospect Ave. Suite 201
Hackensack, NJ 07601
For a consultation or an appointment call 551-996-4849
Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am to 4:00pm