Heart Care

Heart Care

Advanced Cardiac Therapies/Ventricular Assist Device (VAD)

Mechanical Circulatory Support may offer those living with advanced heart failure the opportunity for improved quality of life.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The cardiac rehabilitation and intervention track is a multidisciplinary program designed to assist those with a variety of chronic heart conditions or those recovering from cardiac surgery. Our program enables patients and families to improve their quality of life through a combined program of education, diet and exercise.


No other provider in western North Carolina is home to more cardiovascular innovation, coordinated care, and talent than Mission Hospital and Asheville Cardiology Associates. Our heart physicians are dedicated to providing groundbreaking, comprehensive care to our heart attack patients. During a heart attack, time matters. Mission Heart and ACA physicians boast one of the lowest Door-to-treatment times in the country.

Heart Failure

Mission Heart features a comprehensive and innovative Heart Failure Program. Our carefully coordinated care ensures that you receive the latest evidence-based treatments, follow-up care and support you need to prevent complications and maintain optimal health. After diagnosis, our expert medical staff provides treatments designed to reduce the symptoms and forestall the progress of heart failure. Treatment begins with helping you manage risk factors. Losing weight, limiting salt and fat in the diet, abstaining from smoking and alcohol consumption, keeping blood sugar levels in normal ranges and obtaining sufficient amounts of sleep are all factors that minimize the risk of further heart failure.

Heart Failure Treatments

Key features of the Heart Failure Program:

  • Multidisciplinary Team approach across the continuum of care including physicians, advanced practitioners, specially trained nurses, nurse navigators, care managers, pharmacists, dietitians and social workers, among others.
  • Guideline Directed Medical Therapy encompassing diagnosis, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic management, interventional medical device therapy and advanced therapies including mechanical circulatory assist.
  • Effective transitions of care across the continuum to ensure consistency of care, communication and partnerships between providers including incorporation of the Heart Failure Disease Management Clinic.

Heart Path

Heart Path is a state and nationally certified, comprehensive program of cardiac rehabilitation. It will help you look at the risk factors that cause heart disease and design a plan of care to lower your risks for future problems with your heart.

Heart Path Provides:

  • A medically supervised exercise program that will help you return to your daily activities and decrease your risk for heart disease
  • Education about your personal risk factors
  • Regular reports to your doctors
  • Family involvement your loved ones are asked to take part in education, group support and consultations
  • A personal recovery plan – Heart Path staff will help you set goals to improve heart health

Heart Support Group

The Heart Support Group is designed to help patients and their families/caregivers learn more about cardiovascular disease and ways to manage on a daily basis. These monthly meetings will also give patients a chance to meet others living with the same condition. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month at Asheville Cardiology Associates from 2:00 – 3:30pm.

Heart Valve Replacement

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) is a procedure in which a valve is inserted through a catheter and implanted within the diseased native aortic valve. It is a less invasive treatment option than open-heart valve surgery. With TAVR, a valve can be replaced in as little as 90 minutes and recovery takes only days.

Following the TAVR, you will be moved to an intensive care unit or cardiac care unit. Patients typically are able to be up and walking within 24-48 hours after their procedure. Your doctor will determine when you are ready to move to a standard hospital room. The typical hospital stay for the TAVR is 3-5 days.

Summary Of Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement:

  • Local or general anesthesia
  • Heart pumps normally
  • Catheter delivers valve to heart
  • Valve replaced during 1-3 hour procedure (typical)
  • 3-5 day hospital stay (typical)
  • Approximately 1-week recovery period