An expansion of the Woodwinds Health Campus is bringing a greater number of heart care services closer to Woodbury residents.

On Dec. 3, HealthEast Heart Care added three new nurse practitioners and new patient rooms to accommodate patients five days a week, the only heart care clinic in the city to do so.

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The clinic offers numerous outpatient services like diagnostic tests and treatment for conditions like atrial fibrillation and heart failure.

“The addition of nurse practitioners working with our cardiologists, and the expanded clinic space, allow us to increase accessibility and convenience for our patients by caring for more people on more days,” said Thomas Johnson, MD, a cardiologist with HealthEast Heart Care.

A device clinic where patients can have pacemakers and defibrillators checked and adjusted will also open in spring 2019.

“Woodbury is growing, so we’re seeing an increased need for more health services in Woodbury, especially in heart care,” Johnson said. “Most, if not all, patients would like to get as much care as possible close to home.”

About half of Americans are at risk for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Woodwinds hospital also has a cardiologist on staff seven days a week. The HealthEast Heart Care clinic was originally added to the Woodwinds Health Campus in 2011.