Local hospital earns recognition for heart failure treatment


In October, the Hospitals of Providence-Sierra campus received an accreditation for its congestive heart failure program by the American College of Cardiology.

Juan Escobar, a cardiologist with the Hospitals of Providence, says El Paso may be the perfect place to have a hospital with such a high accreditation.

"Congestive heart failure is a disease that is very common, and it’s growing in numbers in this country because of the aging population," says Escobar.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 5.7 million adults in the U.S. had heart failure last year.

They also report that about half of those people with heart failure will die within 5 years of diagnosis.

Escobar says it's the only center in the region that has received recognition for the way it is treating patients with heart failure.

The hospital is also only one of two in the country to achieve this accreditation in the country.

Escobar says this is a great benefit to the Borderland because it allows local doctors to provide extensive care to patients with heart failure locally.

"The goal at Sierra is to provide the best possible care to avoid readmission later," says Escobar.

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