Treating Congestive Heart Failure

Individuals living with heart failure require accessible healthcare services while maintaining a close relationship with cardiologists, primary care physicians and other specialists. The joint Heart Failure Program at Aiken Regional Medical Centers and Carolina Heart and Vascular Center meets these specialized needs and more.

The program’s goal is to help patients with heart failure improve their quality of life, while decreasing the need for hospitalization. A comprehensive approach is used to manage the condition through detailed education about the disease process, diet and exercise and medical therapy.

The patient plays the most important role among the program's multidisciplinary team. Although heart failure is a serious condition, treatment can relieve symptoms and help you live longer.

Is the Heart Failure Program Right for You?

If you experience any of the following symptoms, or have a diagnosis of congestive heart failure, talk to your physician about the Heart Failure Program:

  • Unusual shortness of breath during physical activity or rest
  • Swelling in the ankles, feet, legs or abdomen
  • Weight gain of two pounds overnight or five pounds in one week
  • Inability to perform simple daily tasks, such as walking to the mailbox or grocery shopping, due to symptoms

Meet the Heart Failure Nurse Practitioner

Ashley Blalock, DNP, APRN, NP-C, CHFN​

Ashley is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner and certified in heart failure. She treats patients with a diagnosis of cardiomyopathy or heart failure. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Rush University in Chicago, Illinois.

Ashley is an active member of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses and the Heart Failure Society of America.

Find a Cardiologist

For more information about the Cardiovascular Institute of Carolina, call 803-641-5370. To make an appointment with a cardiologist, please contact our free physician referral line at 800-322-8322.