Refer a Patient
You can refer a patient for testing, evaluation or treatment by calling 434.200.5252. Below you’ll find information about specific referral criteria. If you’re not sure whether your patient meets the criteria — or whether they should see a general cardiologist or subspecialist — we’re happy to consult with you about the most appropriate pathway.
Heart and Vascular Referral Criteria
Appropriate referrals for individual programs, tests and treatments are listed below. These include criteria for fetal, pediatric and adult cardiovascular services.
Our general cardiology team welcomes your referrals for adults who have:
- An abnormal echo or stress test
- An abnormal electrocardiogram
- Chronic atrial fibrillation
- Undiagnosed cardiac symptoms
In most cases, patients must see a general cardiologist before they see a specialist. Exceptions include referrals for pediatric cardiology, fetal echocardiography, adult congenital heart disease and some electrophysiology evaluations.
To make a general cardiology referral, please call 434.200.5252.
Our adult congenital heart disease specialists accept referrals for adults 19 and older who were born with:
- Atrial and ventricular septal defects
- Coarctation of the aorta
- Connective tissue disorder
- Ebstein anomaly
- Maternal evaluations
- History of cardiac surgery as a child
- Patent ductus arteriosus
- Pulmonary artery stenosis
- Single ventricles
- Tetralogy of Fallot
- Valve defects
To refer your patient for adult congenital heart disease care, please call 434.200.5252.
We welcome referrals for children and adults who would benefit from our nonsurgical weight loss program. This includes:
- Children at least 2 years of age who have a BMI greater than the 85th percentile and who are at or beyond APP weight management stage 2.
- Any adult who has a BMI > 30, or who has a BMI > 25 with at least one cardiovascular risk factor. Men should have a waist circumference > 40 inches, and women should have a waist circumference > 35 inches.
We also accept referrals for patients who are eligible for bariatric surgery. This includes patients who:
- Are between 20 and 70 years old
- Have a BMI > 40, or a BMI between 35-40 with at least one comorbidity (including Type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, severe degenerative joint disease, coronary artery disease or dyslipidemia)
We cannot perform bariatric surgery on patients who meet certain exclusion criteria. This includes people who:
- Are non-ambulatory
- Are dependent on oxygen
- Have severe cardiopulmonary disease
- Have untreated psychiatric disease
- Are dependent on drugs or alcohol
To refer your patient for bariatric surgery or nonsurgical weight loss, please call 434.200.5252.
Our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation program welcomes your referrals for patients who have — or are recovering from — any of the following:
- Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery
- Heart failure with ejection fraction <35%
- Heart transplant
- Interstitial lung disease
- Myocardial infarction/heart attack
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Stable angina
- Transluminal coronary angioplasty (stent)
Valve repair or replacement surgery To refer your patient for cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, please call 434.200.5252.
We accept referrals for patients who may need the following cardiac or thoracic surgery procedures:
- Minimally invasive vein harvest
- Valve repair
- Surgical treatment for arrhythmia
To refer your patient for a cardiothoracic surgical evaluation, please call 434.200.5252.
Our congestive heart failure team welcomes referrals for patients who have:
- Advanced CHF
- A new CHF diagnosis
- A recent hospitalization for CHF
Please order an echo prior to your patient’s appointment. To refer your patient for congestive heart failure care, please call 434.200.5252.
Our electrophysiology specialists welcome referrals for patients who have (or need):
- Implantable loop recording
- Pacemaker or ICD implantation
- Risk of sudden cardiac arrest
- Supraventricular tachycardia (SVT)
- Undiagnosed palpitations*
*A general cardiology consult is recommended prior to EP evaluation.
To refer your patient for arrhythmia testing or treatment, please call 434.200.5252.
We accept fetal echocardiography referrals for women who have or had:
- Abnormal amniocentesis
- Abnormal fetal heart rhythm
- Advanced maternal age
- Diabetes mellitus
- Family history of heart disease
- Fetal heart abnormalities, or abnormalities of other major organs
- Exposure to certain drugs or toxins in early pregnancy
- Maternal obesity
To refer your patient for a fetal echocardiogram, please call 434.200.5252.
We welcome referrals for patients with atrial fibrillation who:
- Have an increased risk for stroke based on CHA2DS2-VASc scores
- Are deemed by their physician to be suitable for anticoagulants
- Have an appropriate rationale to seek an alternative to anticoagulation
To refer your patient for potential left atrial appendages closure, please call 434.200.5252.
Our pediatric cardiology team accepts referrals for patients from birth to 18 years of age who have:
- Chest pain
- Family history of heart disease
To refer your pediatric patient for cardiology care, please call 434.200.5252.
Providers in our preventive cardiology clinic welcome referrals for patients who have (or need):
- Cardiometabolic syndrome
- Familial hyperlipidemia
- Heart problems unique to women
- Pharmacogenetic testing
- Refractory hypertension
To refer your patient for preventive cardiology care, please call 434.200.5252.
We welcome referrals for patients who need treatment for structural heart problems, including:
- Aortic valve disease
- Atrial septal defect
- Mitral valve disease
- Patent foramen ovale
To refer your patient for structural heart disease treatment, please call 434.200.5252.
Our vascular and endovascular surgeons accept referrals for patients who need help managing:
- Carotid artery disease
- Critical limb ischemia/arterial ulcers
- Peripheral artery disease/claudication
- Renal vascular disease
To refer your patient for surgical evaluation, please call 434.200.5252.
Our vein specialists welcome referrals for patients who have (or need help with):
- Deep vein thrombosis
- IVC filter placement/retrieval
- Varicose veins
- Venous obstruction/May Thurner syndrome
- Venous ulcers
To refer your patient to our Vein Center, please call 434.200.5252.
We welcome referrals for patients who need help managing chronic, non-healing wounds such as:
- Diabetic ulcers
- Ischemic wounds
- Pressure ulcers
- Surgical wounds
- Venous ulcers
- Wounds caused by traumatic injuries
We also accept referrals for patients who could benefit from hyperbaric oxygen therapy. This includes people with:
- Acute peripheral ischemia
- Compromised skin grafts or flaps
- Crush injuries
- Delayed radiation injury (soft tissue and bony necrosis)
- Diabetic foot ulcers (Wagner 3 or higher)
- Gas gangrene
- Necrotizing soft tissue infections
To refer your patient for wound care or hyperbaric medicine, please call 434.200.5252.
Why Choose Centra to Support You and Your Patients
We welcome referrals to any of our specialty centers, which offer expertise in electrophysiology, congestive heart failure, structural heart disease and more. Our long-time physician partners turn to us because:
- We treat high-risk patients. We offer the latest, minimally invasive treatments for patients who aren’t candidates for surgery. These include percutaneous coronary interventions, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) and convergent ablation.
- We offer the most advanced care available, right here in central Virginia. Our breadth of services and depth of expertise means you can feel confident about sending your patients to us for diagnosis, treatment or a second opinion. And patients tell us they appreciate being able to receive specialty care closer to home.
- We’ll keep you well-informed. We know it’s important for you to be kept aware of your patients’ progress, so we provide frequent communication about their tests and treatments. Once a patient’s immediate heart or vascular care needs are met — and they’re ready to transition back to you for regular, ongoing care — we’re happy to jointly manage any future cardiovascular treatments or monitoring as desired.