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Geriatric Heart

The Geriatric Heart Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center cares for more than your heart. In addition to providing heart care for people age 65 and older, we’ll work with you and your family to improve your overall health and quality of life.

Conditions We Treat

We treat all heart conditions, including:

Meet Your Care Team

Susan P. Bell
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Susan P. BellMBBS, MSCI

    Cardiovascular Medicine, General Cardiology, Geriatric Cardiology, Geriatric Medicine

Why Choose Geriatric Heart at Vanderbilt

  • Innovation

    We are the first program in the nation to combine cardiology with geriatric care. As a senior with a heart condition, you may experience fatigue, shortness of breath, falls and cognitive impairment, among other health challenges. Our team treats conditions like these that arise from or occur in addition to heart disease.

  • Personalized care

    We tailor your treatment plan to meet your unique needs and health goals. We help you navigate your treatment options to ensure that you receive the best possible care.

  • Support

    We offer ongoing support services to ensure you find the support you need to feel better, physically and emotionally. We also can assist you with lodging and locating community resources and support.

  • Team approach

    We work together to ensure that you receive the comprehensive care you need. Our team members collaborate with each other, as well as with experts in other medical disciplines, to provide you with individual care that addresses your unique needs.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

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    Cognitive impairment assessment
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    Dementia assessment
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    Electrocardiography (ECG or EKG)
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    Electrophysiology testing, including visual evoked potentials and ERG
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    Exercise stress test
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    Frailty assessment
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    Holter monitoring
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    Medications assessment


Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 22100
Nashville, TN 37204