New Cardiologist Expands Services at Nash UNC Heart Failure Clinic
Nash UNC Health Care’s Heart Failure Clinic is expanding its services with a new cardiologist, Dr. Sudha Jaganathan, joining the practice.
The outpatient Heart Failure / IV Diuresis Clinic, located at UNC Cardiology at Nash on the Nash UNC Health Care campus, opened its services to the public in September 2019.
Sarah Heenan, executive director of the Nash UNC Heart Center, explained that outpatient IV diuresis helps many heart failure patients avoid emergency department visits and potential hospitalization.
“It was an exciting time for the community when the outpatient Heart Failure Clinic opened so that we could provide more specialized and comprehensive cardiology care to our patients,” said Heenan. “Now it is even more exciting, as Dr. Jaganathan adds an additional specialty to the cardiology team. She has received years of specialized, advanced training specific to heart failure. Her expertise is in helping patients manage their heart failure, which is a chronic condition and requires daily management.”
Erica Mountjoy, heart failure nurse practitioner, manages the clinic at UNC Cardiology at Nash. She explains how bringing a fellowship-trained cardiologist to the team expands its services.
“Previously, we had to refer our patients to outside specialists for evaluation for advanced therapies. Now with Dr. Jaganathan on our team, we will be able to provide advanced heart failure care to patients locally. This will limit their need to travel to Chapel Hill, Durham, or Greenville for their care,” said Mountjoy.
Jaganathan began working with patients at the outpatient Heart Failure Clinic at the beginning of July.
“I have a passion for heart failure and helping patients understand their disease process, the importance of self-care, and helping them improve their quality of life with this condition. I am excited to help the heart patients of Nash UNC and the greater Rocky Mount region,” said Jaganathan.