A Heartfelt Invitation to the Residents of Suffolk County and Beyond
STONY BROOK, NY, January 22, 2010 – Throughout February, American Heart Month, Stony Brook University Medical Center will support the American Heart Association’s national campaign to promote and raise awareness around heart health through the AHA’s “Go Red for Women” campaign as well as offering a host of free screenings, educational lectures and other therapeutic services that will help Suffolk County residents get involved in their own heart health (click to view schedule).
“Everyone should be involved in the fight against heart disease,” said Peg Duffy, MS, RN, NEA-BC and Associate Director of Nursing, Cardiac Services at Stony Brook University Medical Center. “At Stony Brook, we are dedicated to the health and well-being of our community, and are very pleased to share important information that can help keep people happy and healthy.”
Located within Long Island's only university-based medical center, the Heart Center at Stony Brook offers a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. The staff includes 50 full-time and community-based, board-certified cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons, as well as 350 specially trained anesthesiologists, nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, operating room technicians, perfusionists, and other support staff. Their combined expertise provides state-of-the-art interventional and surgical capabilities in 24-hour cardiac catheterization labs and surgical suites. And while the Heart Center clinical staff offers the latest advances in medicine, its physician-scientists are also actively enhancing knowledge of the heart and blood vessels through basic biomedical studies and clinical research.
“We hope these screenings and educational programs are helpful to our community,” said Dr. David Brown, Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and Co-Director of the Heart Center. “This is a promising time in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases. New diagnostic and imaging technologies yield unprecedented views of the heart, procedures are constantly evolving to treat arrhythmias and other complex conditions.”
“These community programs will help raise awareness about what they can do to prevent heart disease, and what we can do to help if they become afflicted by it,” said Dr. Todd Rosengart, Chairman of the Department of Surgery, Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Co-Director of the Heart Center. “Most are unaware of the minimally invasive surgeries we offer our patients and how they enable faster recoveries. We implement these lifesaving strategies with effectiveness, safety, and compassion for our patients and their families.”
To learn more about the Heart Center at Stony Brook and the many services offered, or to request a clinical consultation or refer a patient please call (631) 44-HEART.