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Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center Opens April 29, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

University Hospital ANNNOUNCES THE OPENING
OF THE NEW HEART ATTACK & STROKE PREVENTION CENTER

State-of-the-Art Facility To Help Detect/Treat Early Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke

 
Patricia and Randy Russell, of Aiken, undergo their free risk assessment consultation at University Hospital's Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center on Friday, April 29. 

(AUGUSTA, GA. April 28, 2011) Your cholesterol numbers are looking pretty good. Your fasting blood glucose has never been more than 100. Your blood pressure never seems to rise - even when the neighbor's dog barks past 10 p.m. So there's no reason to be worried about your heart, right?

Well, you might have more to worry about than you thought. Traditional screening for heart attack and stroke uses a number of tests - like the ones mentioned above - to determine your risk of developing the disease, but physicians are learning that those numbers are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your true cardiovascular health.

University Health Care System is proud to announce the opening of the Heart Attack & Stroke Prevention Center, located in the University Hospital Heart & Vascular Institute. The objective of our program is to assist in identifying clients with both traditional and non-traditional risk factors for heart attack and stroke.

By focusing on the "red flags" for atherosclerosis, we will identify at-risk clients and offer screening exams to detect the presence of disease. By use of ultrasound screenings, including Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CIMT), Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) and Ankle Brachial Index (ABI), as well as advanced genetic and metabolic testing, we will assess them for actual disease as well as future risk, and also try to identify the root cause. We will use advanced lipid testing as advised in the 2008 consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology along with the genetic and screening exams to assist in setting optimal treatment and lifestyle goals for clients.

Once all the information is obtained, the patients will be asked to make an appointment with their physicians to review it. Clients receiving advanced lab work will have already met with our nurse practitioner who has been trained to review the results of the lab work, screening exams and personal medical history. Our nurse practitioner can adjust or start client medications, if the patient doesn't have a physician, or create a report for personal physicians for their review and treatment purposes. Clients without a physician will be referred to physicians or clinics that are supportive of heart attack and stroke prevention.

We believe that an educated and motivated patient is more likely to effect the necessary changes to start on a path to wellness. University is proud of our history of offering cutting edge cardiovascular care, and we are excited to conquer the next frontier of cardiovascular care.

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