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  • February 2017
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The heart of the matter — Heart Failure Survival Center of America is your partner in cardiovascular health

Your heart is at the center of your well-being, and that’s exactly why Dr. Yasser Salem has chosen heart failure as his specialty and his life’s focus. He founded the Heart Failure Survival Center of America (HFSCA) from the idea that heart health care could be convenient, cost-effective and provide everything a patient needs in one space.

Dr. Salem is a board-certified physician in cardiovascular medicine, heart failure, cardiac transplant, echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, CT angiography and internal medicine. Together he and Nurse Practitioner Kelli Frederickson have more than 25 years of experience in providing the most comprehensive and expert cardiac care.

“Our integrated system provides comprehensive care to cardiac, pulmonary hypertension and heart failure patients throughout the continuum of their disease stages,” Dr. Salem says. “No matter what the condition is, our main goal is to improve the patient’s survivability, independence and quality of life.”

Exclusive state-of-the-art care

It’s not only the HFSCA team’s passion that led them into the cardiovascular field, but the sheer necessity for this type of treatment. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is responsible for 1 in every 4 deaths. In fact, more than 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year.

As an entirely outpatient cardiac health center, HFSCA is one of the first of its kind in northeast Wisconsin. The space was built in a way that encompasses all of the services that a patient might need — internal medicine, cardiovascular medicine, heart failure and cardiac transplant.

Dr. Salem says that typically patients must see four separate doctors for these conditions, but patients at HFSCA can be treated for each of these medical conditions by Dr. Salem, making HFSCA a one stop for heart care.

“Heart failure is a complex syndrome. My role as a heart failure specialist is to investigate the underlying causes of heart failure and its contributing factors,” Dr. Salem explains. “I try to figure out why the heart is failing and reverse the process back to the baseline.”

Dr. Salem and his team accomplish this with state-of-the-art equipment specific to the diseases and disorders they are treating. HFSCA also has the tools necessary to facilitate cardiac rehab, home monitoring, chronic care management, sleep apnea testing, stress tests and post-procedure care — all under one roof.

Limitless support and peace of mind

When patients feel the most vulnerable, often after a new diagnosis or recurrent hospitalizations, they don’t have to feel alone. The HFSCA team works to optimize medical outcomes. One way to do this is for the HFSCA team to utilize the technology of microelectromechanical systems (MEMs) after experiencing heart failure. Cardio MEMs are pressure sensors that are implanted to monitor pressure fluctuations in the pulmonary artery. This helps to guide HFSCA in necessary adjustments such as patient’s medications. This technology is just one example of the expertise HFSCA provides to help their patients’ peace of mind.

Cardio MEMs create an easy way for HFSCA to monitor progress and health in a convenient, cost-saving way. By wirelessly communicating with the sensor and reporting data remotely, Dr. Salem and his team can adjust treatment as necessary, without an office visit. The staff at HFSCA can become aware of a potential problem before the patient even begins to exhibit symptoms.

“We personalize our care. If something happens, we’re almost always connected. This is a part of empowering people and letting them know they’re not alone,” Dr. Salem says. “If someone has symptoms such as heart palpitations or shortness of breath we can use one of our comprehensive home monitoring systems such as electrocardiograms, home monitoring vital signs and cardio MEMs to evaluate their symptoms in a much more immediate way.”

“We’re available all the time,” Kelli Frederickson adds. “I take phone calls 24/7 from patients and their families and my favorite part of the day is saying hello to patients and talking to them about their day.”

Dr. Salem and his team know that anxiety is a large part of heart disease, and are devoted to providing the best and most efficient care to their patients with compassion as a priority. For the HFSCA team, it’s about doing whatever it takes to support patients and their families, no matter the hour of the day or day of the week.

“Dr. Salem and Kelli fight for me when other doctors push me away. The entire staff cares and calls to see how I’m doing. If it weren’t for (them) I would not be here.”

—Rena Dye, HFSCA patient

National Heart Month

You may be seeing an influx of familiar red and pink shapes this month because of Valentine’s Day, but it’s not the only way hearts take the stage. February is National Heart Month and HFSCA participates in the health initiative to support and bring awareness to heart failure support and caregivers.

Call HFSCA for a FREE screening!

Are you concerned about your cardiovascular health? Vascular screenings are noninvasive, take about 30 minutes and include checking blood vessels in your neck, abdomen and legs for blockages. They help to screen for heart disease, cholesterol disorders, high blood pressure (hypertension) and other signs of poor heart health.

“The most common cause of heart failure is coronary artery disease along with hypertension and diabetes,” Dr. Salem explains. “We can screen for those issues, and when we treat the patient it can prevent them from having heart failure as well as stroke, heart attack and other disease.”

HFSCA wants everyone to know they have the opportunity to prevent potential heart health issues by taking advantage of a FREE vascular screening. Call 920-939-6058 or visit www.hfsca.org to schedule an appointment. 

Dr. Salem and the team at HFSCA provide an array of services to help in the management of cardiovascular diseases and disorders, and perform several procedures in one convenient location. This includes:

Cardiac Testing:

  • EKG
  • Cardioversion
  • Echocardiogram
  • Ankle-brachial index (ABI)
  • Transesophageal echocardiogram
  • Blood testing
  • Tilt table testing
  • Nuclear stress testing
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Stress echocardiogram
  • Dobutamine stress echo
  • Cardio-pulmonary stress testing
  • Cardiac rehabilitation
  • External counterpulsation (ECP) therapy
  • Observation care
  • Cardiovascular prevention care
  • Chronic care management
  • Consultations and follow up
  • Second opinions

Helping patients not only survive, but thrive


Heart Failure Survival Center of America

920-939-6058 • www.hfsca.org

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