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    • News From:For Immediate Release February 21, 2013Contact: Damian Becker, Manager of Media Relations (516) 377-5370 Prevention and Rehabilitation are Cornerstones of Cardiac Care Oceanside, N.Y. — The results of a study conducted by Sherry L. Grace, Ph.D., of YorkUniversity, Toronto, and colleagues in the Cardiac Rehabilitation Care Continuity ThroughAutomatic Referral Evaluation (CRCARE) Investigators reported that one year after beingtreated for coronary artery disease, 1,809 patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation had attended82.8 percent of sessions during the year following hospitalization. That’s good news as the study, published in the Journal of the American MedicalAssociation, pointed out that cardiac rehabilitation offers a comprehensive approach to chronicdisease management by addressing risk factors such as hypertension, obesity, smoking,unhealthy diet and a sedentary lifestyle. It backed that statement by emphasizing that it has beenproven that, compared with usual care, cardiac rehabilitation reduces illness and death by aboutone-fourth over one to two years. Cardiovascular rehabilitation is an essential component of the interventional cardiologyservices provided by South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Health.After diagnosing, treating and confirming that treatments are working, the center’s cardiologistsrefer patients to our Cardiovascular Rehabilitation Center (located at 440 Merrick Rd. inOceanside). The center provides the compassionate care, rehabilitation and counseling thatpatients need to achieve the best possible recovery. The Center provides a comprehensive, individualized program of cardiac rehabilitationfor people who have had a recent heart attack, heart surgery or have been diagnosed with stableangina. This 12-week program includes therapeutic exercise, cardiac risk assessment, nutritionalassessment and counseling, stress reduction and education on the heart-healthy lifestyle. Thecenter and its multidisciplinary program have been certified by the American Association ofCardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation. Whether you have or have not been treated for coronary artery disease, it’s never too latefollow the advice of the late great Benjamin Franklin, who said, “An ounce of prevention is
    • worth a pound of cure.” Gina Day, MD, FACC, and Donna Denier, MD, FACC, certifiedclinical and non-invasive cardiologists at South Nassau, strongly recommend taking thefollowing steps to improve your heart health: Quit smoking. Control cholesterol; total cholesterol should be less than 200 mg/dL. Monitor your blood pressure, which should be below 120/80 mm/Hg. Eat foods that are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and trans-fat (partially hydrogenated fats). Exercise; 30 minutes of brisk walking on most days of the week is all it takes. Watch your weight; normal body mass index (BMI) ranges from 18.5 to 24.9 kg/m2. Symptoms of a heart attack or heart disease include: pain or discomfort in the center ofthe chest or other areas of the upper body, including the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach;shortness of breath; breaking out in a cold sweat; nausea and light-headedness. In the event you, a loved one or a friend need expert, advanced, potentially life-savingcardiac care, look no further than South Nassau’s Center for Cardiovascular Health. SouthNassau is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for Accreditation of EchocardiographyLaboratories (ICAEL) and is a recipient of the American College of Cardiology (ACC)Foundation’s National Cardiology Data Registry (NCDR) ACTION Registry–Get With theGuidelines (GWTG) Gold Performance Achievement Award. The Center for Cardiovascular Health treats patients with the combination of advancedtechnologies and best clinical practices and is equipped with the latest advancements in cardiacdigital imaging systems. The Center performs a wide range of coronary and peripheralinterventional procedures, including balloon angioplasty, stenting, and thrombolytic therapy.When providing coronary artery balloon angioplasty in an emergency, the Center completes theprocedure in an average of 62.5 minutes; which is almost 28 minutes faster than the medicallyrecommended benchmark of 90 minutes. Lawrence Kanner, MD, FACC, director of electrophysiology and arrhythmia services,and the center’s staff of electrophysiologists use advanced technologies to provide timely,accurate diagnoses and therapies to treat the range of cardiac arrhythmias (abnormal heartrhythms) and defibrillator complications. Services include diagnostic studies, implantation andtesting of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and radio-frequency catheterablation for the treatment of potentially fatal irregular heartbeats. The center’s clinical and non-invasive cardiologists specialize in trans-thoracicechocardiogram (a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health ofthe heart, in which a probe is placed on the chest wall of the patient to produce images of the
    • heart); transesophageal echocardiogram (which uses a specialized probe containing an ultrasoundtransducer at its tip that is passed into the esophagus and is used to provide clear views of areasof the heart that would be difficult to view transthoracically); and stress echocardiogram (whichinvolves exercising on a treadmill or stationary bicycle while the patient is monitored bytechnology using high-frequency sound waves that produces a graphic outline of the heartsmovement, valves, and chambers). Additional cardiac imaging services offered by the center include nuclear cardiology(which generates images of the heart at work, during exercise, and at rest) and diagnosticperipheral vascular ultrasound (noninvasive diagnostic technique used to evaluate the health ofblood vessels) for patients with peripheral arterial disease. South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435beds, more than 900 physicians and 3,000 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital isan acute-care, not-for-profit teaching hospital that provides state-of-the-art care in cardiac,oncologic, orthopedic, bariatric, pain management, mental health and emergency services. Inaddition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau provides emergency andelective angioplasty and is the only hospital on Long Island with the Novalis Tx™ and GammaKnife® Perfexion radiosurgery technologies. South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center by theNew York State Department of Health and Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by theAmerican College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence bythe American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. For more information, visitwww.southnassau.org. -30-