Published on November 21, 2018

New heart and vascular services come to Essentia Health clinics in Deer River and Grand Rapids

The Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Heart & Vascular team, located in Duluth, is now providing heart and vascular services to patients at Essentia’s Grand Rapids and Deer River Clinics. Three Essentia physicians, Dr. Kalkidan Bishu, Dr. Christopher Bunch and Dr. Javariah Asghar, will care for patients in Grand Rapids one day a month.  Cardiologist Dr. Nicole Worden will see patients four days a month. The Grand Rapids Clinic is located at 1542 Golf Course Road, Grand Rapids.

“Patients will be able to receive specialized cardiac consultation and testing close to home,” says Dr. Worden. “This increases patients’ access to care and comfort level and allows doctors like me to have more time to visit with them.”

Another benefit from adding the additional services is freeing up travel time for patients who previously had to travel far distances for heart and vascular care.

“Any time we can avoid sitting for long periods of time is good,” Dr. Worden says.  “Not having to drive helps give patients back some time where they can do something nice for themselves like walking, shopping or visiting family.”

In Deer River, Dr. Jason Wu will see patients two days a month and Dr. Ayad Jindeel will care for patients one day a month at the clinic, located at 115 10th Ave. N.E., Deer River.

The Heart & Vascular team at Essentia cares for a wide variety of conditions, including aortic aneurysms, embolism, stenosis and thrombosis, chest pain, deep vein thrombosis, lymphedema and varicose veins, to name a few.

Dr. Worden went into her specialty because of the diversity of activities cardiology provides.  “I can do procedures, see people in the hospital or clinic, read echocardiograms and EKGs.  I’m always busy and moving and I like that.”

The Essentia Health Heart & Vascular team also offers a pacemaker clinic at the Deer River and Grand Rapids clinics. The pacemaker clinic provides follow-up assessment and care for patients with pacemakers. During these visits, specialists will check your devices’ batteries and electrical functions, use a special computer to read how well the devices are working to regulate heartbeats and adjust settings, if needed.

To schedule an appointment at the Grand Rapids Clinic, call (218) 322-4098. To schedule an appointment in Deer River, call (218) 246-8275.