On Thursday, May 30th, the American Heart Association is hosting the 2013 Wall Street Run and Heart Walk.
With the click of a mouse you can make a secure, tax-deductible online donation. You will not only be supporting us, you will be funding the fight against the No.1 killer of Americans, Cardiovascular Disease. To join our team or make a donation, please visit the website by clicking here. Please share this link with associates , friends and family who may be interested in joining our team or would like to make a donation.
The Team from Women's Heart NY
Women's Heart NY, a comprehensive, multisite heart program at Beth Israel and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals for women at risk or who have a history of heart disease, is sponsoring an 8-session smoking cessation course, entitled, "Freedom From Smoking®," on Tuesdays, beginning January 8 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, 10 Union Square East, Dr. Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Conference Center, second floor, room 2. The course is open to men and women of the community, with a special rate for Women's Heart NY patients. Tuesdays January 8, 15, 22, 29, and Thursday January 31. Tuesdays February 5, 12, 19. Leading the course are Women's Heart NY physicians Jacqueline Tamis-Holland, MD, FACC, and Deepika Misra, MD, FACC. The special guest will be Mary O'Sullivan, MD, Director of the Smoking Cessation Clinic at SLR. Fees for the program are $80 for Women's Heart NY patients and $120 for others. 50% of the fee will be returned upon completing the course.
Registration is required by January 4, 2013. Call (877) Women.00 (877-966-3600) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is our pleasure to announce that Dennis Finkielstein, M.D has been appointed as the Deputy Chief of the Thomas Killip Division of Cardiology.
On Thursday, May 31st, the American Heart Association is hosting the 2012 Wall Street Run and Heart Walk. With the click of a mouse you can make a secure, tax-deductible online donation. You will not only be supporting us, you will be funding the fight against the No. 1 killer of Americans, Cardiovascular Disease. To join our team or make a donation, please visit the website by clicking on the following link BI Healthy Hearts!! Please share this link with associates, friends and family who may be interested in joining our team or would like to make donations.
Inner Imaging • 307 E 63rd Street • New York, NY 10021 • 212-991-5445 • Fax: 212-991-5450
Inner Imaging Offers $100 Heart Scans In Recognition of February Heart Month
In recognition of National Heart Disease Awareness Month (February), Inner Imaging will be offering its EBT Heart Scan to our hospital physicians and employees for $100.00. We believe this reduced rate (normally $495) may help motivate more of you to have this cardiac screening. For those with existing Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), a follow-up and progression analysis may assist them in re-evaluating the development of their disease. Annual increases of coronary calcium by 20% to 40% increase the relative risk of a cardiac event by as much as 17 times when compared to those patients without coronary calcium progression.
As you may know, Electron Beam Tomography (EBT) is proven to be the most sensitive non-invasive test to detect and quantify sub-clinical coronary artery arteriosclerosis by measuring the extent of coronary calcified plaque burden. Additionally, EBT remains the most powerful prognostic indicator for a future Heart Attack, far exceeding the traditional Framingham Risk Factor Analysis. Furthermore, if you have a “0” calcium score, recent evidence reaffirms the negative predictive value of 99.9%. Which means the risk of a cardiac event over the next decade is approximately 1%. Electron Beam Tomography (EBT) is recommended by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology Foundation, the American Nuclear Society and the Society of Atherosclerotic Imaging.
By visualizing atherosclerosis, EBT Heart Scanning can clearly identify individuals who are at risk for a Heart Attack and who would benefit from a primary prevention program. Furthermore, follow-up scanning can provide physicians with the ability to re-evaluate treatment, based on disease progression, stabilization and regression.
Please call 212-991-5445 to schedule your appointment. We will gladly honor the $100 discounted fee for the entire month of February.
Albert E. Barrette
(Reverse side) EBT Reference papers
Progression of Coronary Artery Calcium and Risk of First Myocardial Infarction in Patients Receiving Cholesterol-Lowering Therapy
Paolo Raggi, Tracy Q. Callister, Leslee J. Shaw,
Objective – Statins reduce cardiovascular risk and slow progression of coronary artery calcium (CAC). We investigated whether CAC progression and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) reduction have a complementary prognostic impact.
Method and Results: We measured the change in CAC in 495 asymptomatic subjects submitted to sequential electron-beam tomography (EBT) scanning. Statins were started after the initial EBT scan. Myocardial infarction (MI) was recorded in 41 subjects during a follow-up of 3.2 + or – 0.7 years. Mean LDL level did not differ between groups (118+or- 25 mg/dL versus 122+ or- 30 mg/dL, MI versus no MI). On average, MI subjects demonstrated a CAC change of 42%+or- 23% yearly: event-free subjects showed a 17% + or – 25% yearly change (P=0.0001). Relative risk of having an MI in the presence of CAC progression was 17.2 fold (95% CI: 4.1 to 71.2) higher than without CAC progression (P<0.0001). In a Cox proportional hazard mode, the follow-up score (P+0.034 as well as a score change>15% per year (P<0.0001 were independent predictors of time to MI.
Conclusions: Progression of CAC was significantly greater in patients receiving statins who had an MI compared with event-free subjects despite similar LDL control. Continued expansion of CAC may indicate failure of some patients to benefit from statin therapy and an increased risk of having cardiovascular events. (American Heart Association, Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2004;24:1272-1277.)
Absence of Coronary Artery Calcification and All-Cause MortalityPrognostic Significance of Zero Coronary Calcium Scores on Cardiac Computed Tomography
Michael Blah, MD MPH, Mathew Budoff, MD, Leslee J. Shaw PhD et al.
Objectives: We sought to quantify the mortality rates associated with absent and low positive (CAC 1 to 10) coronary artery calcium (CAC).
Background: there is increasing interest in the absence of CAC as a negative cardiovascular risk factor. However, published event rates for individuals with no CAC vary, likely owing to differences in baseline risk, follow-up period and outcome ascertainment. The prognostic significance of low CAC (CAC1 to 10) is not well described.
Methods: Annualized all –cause mortality rates were assessed in 44,052 consecutive asymptomatic patients referred for CAC testing. Mean follow-up of the cohort was 5.6 + or – 2.6 years (range 1 to 13 years).
Conclusion: In appropriately selected asymptomatic patients the absence of CAC predicts excellent survival with 10-year event rates of approximately 1%. A finding of 0 CAC might be used as a rationale to emphasize lifestyle therapies rather than pharmacotherapy and to forgo repeated imaging studies. Individuals with low CAC score (CAC 1 to 10) are at increased risk above individuals with a 0 score and could be considered a distinct risk group by physicians and investigators. (American College of Cardiology JACC June 25, 2009)
Beth Israel Heart Institute Petrie Division has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in Nuclear Cardiology by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL).
Accreditation by the ICANL affirms that Beth Israel Heart Institute at Petrie has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICANL grants accreditation only to those facilities that provide quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.
ICANL accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of nuclear medicine.
BIMC Echocardiography Department receives ICAEL Reaccreditation
The Echocardiography department of Beth Israel Medical Center has been granted a three-year term of reaccreditation in the area of Adult Stress, Adult Transesophageal and Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).
Accreditation by the ICAEL means that the Echocardiography department has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The ICAEL grants accreditation only to those facilities that provide high quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study reviews.
ICAEL accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of echocardiography. When scheduled for an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.icael.org/icael/main/patients.htm.
In recognition of National Physical Therapy Month, Beth Israel Medical Center's Heart Institute would like to express its gratitude to the Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehab Team of The Alice Lawrence Center for Health and Rehabilitation for their continued efforts towards Beth Israel's commitment to outstanding patient care. The Rehab Team provides exceptional care to individuals with chronic heart and lung diseases. The therapists participate in managing a twelve-week AACVPR-certified outpatient program centered on aerobic exercise, patient education, risk factor modification, and lifestyle change in order to help prevent recurrent incidents and hospitalizations, and to promote overall quality of life. The Alice Lawrence Center for Health and Rehabilitation is located in Beth Israel Medical Center's Petrie Division, and is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM for Phase II and Phase III cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation. For additional information, please call (212) 420-2357.
Congratulations to Rodney Thomas on his recent promotion to Assistant Director. Rodney will now serve as second in command to Lisa Allen for the administrative functions of the division. Rodney is also now responsible for the Park Slope Cardiology practice as well as the Long Island Pacemaker practice. Please join in congratulating Rodney on his new roles in the division.
Jacqueline Chan, MD a graduate of New York Medical College joins the Cardiology Division as an Assistant Attending at Beth Israel. Dr. Chan is providing services in Chinatown as well as consults at Petrie.
Tatyana Danilov, M.D., a graduate of St. George's University joins the Cardiology Division as an Attending and Director, Attending Cardiology Services (ACS) at Beth Israel. Dr. Danilov is providing services at PACC, ACS and performing Echo's at Petrie.
Yili Huang, D.O., a graduate of New York College of Osteopathic Medicine joins the Cardiology Division as an Assistant Attending at Beth Israel.. Center. Dr. Huang is providing services at Chinatown as well as performing Cardiac Caths at Petrie.
David Lau, M.D., PhD., a graduate from New York University joins the Cardiology Division as an Assistant Attending at Beth Israel. Dr. Lau is providing services in Chinatown as well as performing EP procedures at Petrie.
Women's Heart NY, a multi-site comprehensive heart program under the co-direction of Drs. Jacqueline Tamis-Holland and Deepika Misra, will be presenting a half-day heart health symposium on Saturday, September 17th. The Love Your Heart symposium will feature presentations on smoking, nutrition, and exercise relating to heart health, with attention to how these issues differ for women. There is no cost to attend. Presenters are female cardiologists with Continuum Health Partners, comprising the staff of Women's Heart NY. We will be providing free cardiovascular risk screenings and heart-friendly lunch! Catering by Olla New York. Head Chef and owner, Roxana Picado, will be performing a food demo of dishes being served and explaining how to select healthy oils for a heart-healthy pantry. It will be a great morning!
Women's Heart NY targets women who are at risk for, or who have, heart disease. The morning will also provide insight for communicating with loved ones who are at risk for cardiovascular disease. We look forward to seeing you on September 17th!
We are pleased to announce the launching of the Peripheral Arterial Disease Rehabilitation Program at Beth Israel Medical Center, a multidisciplinary program which will offer a structured exercise program, risk factor education & modification, smoking cessation, diabetes control, nutrition counseling, and guided telemetry-monitored exercise (if indicated). Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) affects over 8 million Americans and is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the United States. A medically supervised exercise rehabilitation program has been shown to be more effective treatment for slowing progression of disease than a general recommendation for exercise. With the PAD Rehab Program, patients will undergo stress testing and an initial evaluation at our facility, followed by enrollment in a 12-week program with exercise twice a week. For more information, or to refer patients to the PAD Rehab Program, please contact Dr. Margaret Furman at (212) 844-8830.
We are pleased to announce the go-live of a newly adopted clinical information system in the Echocardiography Laboratory - ProSolv Synapse. The Echo Lab officially went live with the clinical system on August 24th. Adoption gives us exceptional image viewing, a highly sophisticated engineering software package that assesses motion and heart function, performs echo measurements and calculations in real time, and stores studies digitally. ProSolv offers everything you need to successfully complete any Echo exam. Summer in the Square - Heart Institute's CPR Office joined Union Square, Karpas Health Information Center and Friedman Diabetes Center in the event Summer in the Square. It was held in the South Plaza of Union Square and was sponsored by the Union Square Partnership. Each Thursday from July 16 - August 14, various events were held during the day such as exercise, music and crafts for kids, and a concert at 6PM. We were able to provide the community with educational and clinical information. Thanks to all that supported!
Beth Israel and St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals are among 27 hospitals and health care organizations across the country-and the only two hospitals in New York State-to receive perfect scores on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation Healthcare Equality Index, earning the designation of a "Leader in Healthcare Equality." The Healthcare Equality Index, which focuses on key policies and practices for creating a welcoming environment, is an important indicator of an organization's ability to meet new Joint Commission requirements regarding equitable, knowledgeable care for LGBT patients and their families.
- Welcome Our New Fellows - The Cardiovascular Fellows are: Salma Akter, MD, Arzhang Fallahi, MD, Moinakhtar Lala, MD, Arthur Okere, MD, Justin Raticliffe, MD, Madeeha Saeed,MD, Jagdeep Singh, MD and Nitinbhai Sapan Talati, MD are Cardiovascular Fellows for the academic year July 2011 - June 2012.
- Tina Chahil, MD is the Heart Failure Fellow for the academic year July 2011 - June 2012.
- Ail Shaukat MD and Naji Bourji, MD are the Interventional Fellows for the academic year July 2011- June 2012.
- Michael Levine, MD is the Electrophysiology Fellow for the academic year July 2011 - June 2012