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Johana Almansa

Johana Almansa

What is your job title?

Adult nurse practitioner at the Heart Failure Bridge Clinic

What is your job?

As a Nurse Practitioner, I participate in the management of Heart Failure patients by coordinating their care after hospital discharge. I focus on optimizing their fluid status and Heart Failure medical regimen. I am particularly interested on restrictive cardiomyopathy caused by Cardiac Amyloidosis and wish to dedicate my work towards the improvement of their medical management and quality of life. On January, 2014, I had the opportunity to found an Amyloidosis Support Group that aims to create awareness and empower patients and their families during their fight against Amyloidosis.

When did you start working at Johns Hopkins?

2006

When did you start working in heart failure?

I began working with heart failure patients in 2006 when I joined the Open Heart Surgery Team at Hopkins. Back then, I was able to participate in the care of patients during Ventricular Assisting Device Implantations and Heart Transplants. When the HFBC first opened in 2012, I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of the project and have worked since then, to make it grow to benefit the Baltimore Heart Failure population.

Why do you choose to work with heart failure patients?

While I was working in the Operating Room, I met a couple of heart failure patients that really inspired me to go back to school and become a Nurse Practitioner. Now, I have the opportunity to directly participate in their care and make a positive impact in their lives. Heart Failure patients face multiple challenges at the physical, emotional, and financial levels. I am dedicated to facilitate their medical management and offer support to the patients and families involved.

What is your education?

I have a Master's in Science of Nursing, a Post-Baccalaureate Certification in Nursing Education and a Certification in Heart Failure Nursing. At this time, I am working on obtaining a Doctorate in Nursing Practice focused on the management of Heart Failure caused by Cardiac Amyloidosis.