Advanced Heart Failure Services

Call for more information: 770-219-5416

Northeast Georgia Medical Center offers Advanced Heart Failure Services to both inpatients and outpatients with Heart Failure (HF), formerly called congestive heart failure. Many patients with heart failure can maintain their quality of life with therapies prescribed by our cardiologists. And, even for advanced heart failure, there are treatement options.

The Purpose

Our goal is to provide patients, as well as their family members/caregivers, with the education they need to understand the HF disease process, and then how to best manage their condition at home. The purpose of this is to prevent reoccurrence of symptoms and keep the HF patient feeling well at home.

The Advantage

Heart Failure Support Services gives the patient support in the home. We provide at no charge, a telemonitoring service that checks on the patient for a 2 month period post discharge to help them as they adopt the HF guidelines that will keep them in good health: monitoring sodium and fluid intake, weighing every day, watching for signs and symptoms of HF and then acting accordingly, as well as being a resource for their HF and general health questions.

A new important service is the Diuresis Clinic at the Sam Jones Observation Unit. This is a service prescribed by a physician for the patient in volume overload, but can still be addressed in the outpatient clinic (as opposed to a full hospitalization or an ER visit).


  • Mahmoud Abdou, MD
  • Brenda Hott, MD, FACC
  • Mehrdad Toosi, MD
  • Ugochukwu Egolum, MD, FACC

Woody Stewart Heart Failure Treatment Unit

Named for the late W. Woodrow “Woody” Stewart – who served as chairman of The Medical Center Foundation from 1998 – 2012, the advanced Heart Failure unit includes:

  • 16-bed unit designed for patient and family comfort
  • More efficient care, aided by a centrally-located nursing station and integrated state-of-the-art cardiac monitoring systems
  • Specially trained nursing staff
  • Advanced Heart Failure treatment and monitoring systems
    • This unit is the fourth unit in the nation to provide pulmonary artery monitoring outside of the critical care unit
  • The integrated and interactive Nathan-Schrage Education Center
    • Designed with optimal education and patient/family comfort in mind
    • Featuring a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen and high tech video system to improve patient access to the education from their rooms or via smart phone
    • Daily chef demonstration of tasty heart healthy recipes
    • Skilled and knowledgeable Cardiac Nurse Educators who provide education on living and maintaining heart failure and other cardiovascular diseases.

Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs)

For people experiencing the final stages of heart failure, the heart is weakened to an extent that medical intervention is required to keep the body functioning. Through the Woody Stewart Heart Failure Treatment Unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Gainesville, some of these patients have access to LVADs, which can help ease the heart’s burden.

An LVAD is a surgically implanted, battery-operated pump that helps the left ventricle of the heart pump blood to the body. It is an option for two distinct groups of heart failure patients—those using it to sustain them before a heart transplant and those who aren’t eligible for a heart transplant who are using it to prolong life. An LVAD may be a better therapeutic option than intravenous infusions of medications called inotropes that are also often used, but isn’t appropriate for all heart failure patients.

Learn more about LVADs


Patients diagnosed with heart failure require frequent checkups to ensure their conditions are stable. CardioMEMS, an implanted device available through The Heart Center of NGMC, provides a new way of monitoring these patients.

Learn more about CardioMEMS

Educational Materials

"Living Life with Heart Failure" booklet
Click to download or view a .pdf copy of this complete resource guide, covering topics ranging from diet to exercise, that we give to all of our Heart Failure patients.

 "Una Vida con Insuficiencia Cardíaca" ("Living Life with Heart Failure" en Español)
Haga click para descargar o para ver una copia en un formato pdf de esta guía de recursos completo, cubriendo temas sobre la dieta hasta el ejercicio, el cual le brindamos a todos nuestros pacientes con insuficiencia cardíaca.


Call the Heart & Vascular Services department at 770-219-5416 or send us a contact form for more information.

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