Cardiovascular Imaging Helps Prevent Life-Threatening Heart Problems

Oceanside, NY, June 26, 2009 --( In response to the rising rate of heart disease on Long Island, South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Primary Medical Center in Bellmore is now offering comprehensive non-invasive early detection and treatment of potentially life-threatening heart problems.

The services are coordinated by renowned cardiovascular imaging specialist Frank Pollaro, MD, FACC, FASE, director of non-invasive cardiology for South Nassau’s Center for Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Pollaro is board-certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiology.

A fellow of the American College of Cardiology, he earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Pollaro completed residency training in internal medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and a fellowship in cardiology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, NY. Dr. Pollaro is a member of numerous professional societies and associations including the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, and the Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography.

“Dr. Pollaro has established an exceptional specialization in cardiovascular imaging,” said Sheila D’Nodal, MD, vice president of ambulatory services at South Nassau Communities Hospital and medical director of South Nassau Primary Medical Care. “We are certain that our patients and the communities we serve will benefit from having convenient access to his expertise in diagnosing problems that, if not treated, could lead to serious heart complications.”

Approximately 41% of all deaths in Nassau County are attributable to some form of heart disease. Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke, are the leading causes of death in the United States. “According to the American Heart Association, the combination of advancements in diagnostic technologies and improvements in medications and the timely delivery of treatments, such as angioplasty to treat blocked coronary arteries, is contributing to the reduction of deaths caused by heart disease,” said Dr. Pollaro.

Dr. Pollaro is versed in nuclear cardiology (which generates images of the heart at work, during exercise and at rest); echocardiogram via the trans-thoracic method (a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart in which a probe is placed on the chest wall of the patient to produce images of the heart); and transesophageal echocardiogram (which uses a specialized probe containing an ultrasound transducer at its tip that is passed into the esophagus and is used to provide clear views of areas of the heart that would be difficult to view transthoracically).

In the event an abnormality is detected that requires immediate treatment, South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Center for Cardiovascular Health is equipped with the latest technology to perform a wide range of coronary and peripheral interventional procedures, including angioplasty, stenting, and thrombolytic therapy.

Under the direction of Jason Freeman, MD, director of interventional cardiology, the Center features a team of experienced cardiologists and specially trained nursing staff who use the most advanced techniques and medical technologies to treat life-threatening diseases of the heart 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Lawrence Kanner, MD, 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 heart rhythms, and defibrillator complications. Services include diagnostic studies, implantation and testing of pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators, and radio-frequency catheter ablation for the treatment of potentially fatal irregular heartbeats.

Located in Bellmore, NY, at 2750 Merrick Rd., South Nassau Primary Medical Care provides comprehensive healthcare services and wellness programs devoted to men and women. This includes prevention and management of heart disease, stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, substance abuse, diabetes mellitus, sexually transmitted disease, and mental health disorders. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 516-409-2000.

South Nassau Communities Hospital is one of the region’s largest hospitals, with 435 beds, more than 875 physicians and 2,600 employees. Located in Oceanside, NY, the hospital is an 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. In addition to its extensive outpatient specialty centers, South Nassau is a designated Stroke Center, boasts Long Island’s first and only Gamma Knifeâ and provides emergency as well as elective coronary and peripheral angioplasty. South Nassau is designated as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center by the American College of Surgeons and is recognized as a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery.

South Nassau Communities Hospital
Damian J. Becker