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The Benefits of Having a Cardiology Program in a Nursing Facility

Patients admitted to skilled nursing facilities directly from hospitals are likely to be more medically complex than those discharged to their homes. Generally, older and sicker patients require more medical oversight and intervention. That being said, SNF’s must provide a high level of cardiac care to those in need to prevent re-hospitalization. While focus on diet and rehabilitative services are crucial, having a cardiologist on the team creates a much more dynamic care model. Superior skilled nursing facilities will have a board-certified cardiologist on staff to manage all aspects of cardiac care and rehabilitation.

Types of heart related issues managed:

Here are just some of the heart related issues that a cardiologist will treat and manage. In addition to the list below, cardiologists will work to help prevent further heart related issues from arising.

  • Arrhythmia
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • Bradycardia
  • Cardiac Bypass Surgery
  • Chest pain
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Dizziness
  • Edema
  • Hypertension
  • Hypotension
  • Pacemaker
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tachycardia

Team Leader:

Another strong benefit of having a cardiology program is having a true “team leader” for patients with heart related illnesses. This is somebody who oversees the rehabilitation care plan and medication management. Internal medicine specialists have great understanding and expertise in heart care, but having a true cardiac specialist separates great nursing facilities from good ones.


Grosse Pointe Manor’s Program:

Grosse Pointe Manor is excited to be offering a cardiology program under the leadership of Dr. Joel Okner. Dr. Okner is a board certified cardiologist who has been practicing medicine for over 20 years. He will lead our team in the care and management of heart related issues. We are committed to providing the best and most complete care for our residents, and know that this program is another component of that care.  For more information or to have any questions answered, contact Grosse Pointe Manor at (847) 647-9875.

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