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Stroke falls to No. 5 killer in U.S.“Stroke is more disabling than it is fatal,” said Sacco.

01.21.2015  Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics. It is the second time since 2011 that stroke has dropped a spot in the mortality rankings. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Tuesday, stroke swapped positions with unintentional injuries, which killed 1,579 more people than stroke in 2013. “The fact that the death rate is declining from this terrible and devastating disease is gratifying news,” said American Heart Association President Elliott Antman, M.D. “These statistics are a tribute to the many courageous survivors, healthcare professionals, researchers, volunteers and everyone else committed to fighting stroke. “Still, far too many people are still dying from stroke, and too many people are suffering greatly from this disease,” said Antman, a professor of medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical/Translational Research at Harvard Medical School and a senior physician in the Cardiovascular Division of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. The stroke death rate dropped slightly, from 36.9 percent in 2012 to 36.2 percent in 2013. While the death rate from heart disease dropped somewhat between 2012 and 2013, it remains the No. 1 cause of death in the nation. Cancer is the second-leading cause of death, followed by chronic lower respiratory diseases. The decline in stroke deaths may be due in part to improvements in treatment, said Ralph Sacco, M.D., past president of the American Heart Association and chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “There are more stroke centers now operating in the U.S., and the acute care of stroke is improving,” said Sacco, who in 2010 became the first neurologist to be named American Heart Association president. “However, although mortality from stroke is dropping, we know that the number of people having strokes in the U.S. is rising each year due to the aging of our population and other signs that strokes have increased in younger groups.” Indeed, despite the lower death rate, 432 more people died from stroke in 2013 than in 2012, the report found. It remains unclear why more younger people are having strokes, said American Heart Association past president Donna Arnett, Ph.D., who herself had a stroke at age 27. “We suspect that part of it is the increase in risk factors, with more obesity and diabetes in the young,” said Arnett, chairperson of the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. “Deaths from stroke fell, which means we’re doing better at treating it. But the concern is, are we doing better at preventing stroke in the first place.” Stroke remains a leading cause of disability in the U.S. In fact, the number of people having strokes — often with painful and debilitating after-effects — remains a major cause of concern. “Stroke is more disabling than it is fatal,” said Sacco. And that’s why the American Heart Association remains committed to working with survivors, CEO Nancy Brown said. “There is a great deal to be done on behalf of stroke survivors, who very often face highly debilitating consequences in the aftermath of this severe cardiovascular event,” she said. “We are committed to standing by their side as we continue striving for new breakthroughs in stroke prevention, treatment and rehabilitation.” December 30th, 2014


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Quit Smoking to Live Longer

04.04.2013  Quitting can be tough. Here are some tips to make quitting smoking easier: 1. Prepare yourself. Make a list of your reasons for quitting and plan for situations that may tempt you to smoke. 2. Pick a quit date. Get rid of ashtrays and lighters, and all cigarettes. 3. Make your home and car smoke-free. It is healthier for others and will help you resist smoking. 4. Get support and encouragement. Tell your family, friends, and co-workers that you are quitting and ask for their support. 5. Get a quit buddy. Ask a smoker to quit with you, or find someone who has already quit who you can talk to for support. More information on quitting smoking is available at

Accreditations in Five Specialities

04.04.2013  Vascular Diagnostic Assoc, P.C. is accredited in the following specialities: (1)Echocardiography Laboratory in the area of Adult Transthoracic (2) Nuclear Cardiology; Ultrasound in the areas of:(3) Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, (4)Peripheral Venous Testing and (5)Peripheral Arterial Testing

New Accreditation

04.04.2013  Vascular Diagnostic recently received a new accreditation from The Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Medicine Laboratories (ICANL)for Myocardial Perfusion Imaging. As the first stand-alone Nuclear cardiology facility in New York City, Vascular Diagnostic has been at the leading edge of technology from its inception. With over 30,000 nuclear stress tests to its credit, our expertise is reviewed by this national association of our peers in this field.

Captains Endowment Assoc. Endorsement

10.10.2009  Quote directly from their website. "Cardiovascular Health Evaluations After a review and evaluation by the CEA Medical Committee we have identified Vascular Diagnostic as the preferred provider for Cardiovascular health evaluations. Vascular Diagnostic is a professional medical facility with licensed medical doctors on staff. They are the leaders in Cardiology and Stroke evaluation. All major medical insurance plans are accepted. For more information, visit their website at:" We are very honored and believe we will continue to give the members of the NYPD the most comprehensive and educational information on their cardiovascular status in order to address the #1 cause of death and disability in the U. S. for both men and women in extremely stressful jobs.

Cleveland Clinic speaks of Calcium Score

10.10.2009  Claims of 99% accuracy of diagnosing coronary artery disease with the use of body scans has many challenges. One is a Cleveland Clinic explanation. "Definition: Because there are certain forms of coronary disease --such as "soft plaque" atherosclerosis - that escape detection during this CT scan, it is important to remember that this test is not absolute in predicting your risk for a life-threatening event, such as a heart attack. Absence of calcium is considered a "negative" exam. It does not exclude the presence of "soft" non-calcified plaque. Quoted from the Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor newsletter ad in September 2009. "What about those "peace of mind" tests for calcium plaque in your arteries? Radio ads urge you to come in and be tested. But we'll pass. For one reason, 80% of arterial plaque contains no calcium and won't even show up on this test!"

Firefighters Have Narrower-than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds

07.13.2009  Regarding Carotid Arteries- "Experts cite smoke, eating habits and sleep patterns as potential causes.\\\\\\\" An article By Carolyn Colwell, HealthDay Reporter March 13,2009. "22 % of a group of 77 firefighters studied by researchers at the University of Kansas averaged 39 years old but had the blood vessels of 52 year-olds because of significant plaque buildup in their carotid arteries. The findings were presented March 12 at the American Heart Associations conference on cardiovascular disease in Palm Harbor, Fla" Vascular Diagnostics encourage ultrasound assessment of the carotid arteries, especially if there are risk factors or occupational hazards. We have been testing carotid arteries starting with the first prototype hand-made pieces of equipment in 1980. It is a non-invasive method to follow the build-up of plaque. This is an important stroke preventive measure. Information from this test is a powerful tool for a patient to take action for behavior modification and/or medication through his/her personal doctor.

ICAVL Accreditation Received

07.13.2009  Vascular Diagnostic recently received the coveted ICAVL accreditation, which is given only to facilities \"providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease\". The staff at VDA worked very hard to meet the stringent ICAVL requirements, and are now proudly displaying the certificate in each of their rooms. The full text of the press release issued by ICAVL on VDA\'s behalf is as follows:

\"Vascular Diagnostic Associates, P.C. Ultrasound has attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The facility achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., costing society over 83.7 billion dollars each year in health services, medications and lost work due to disability. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, 2 million people in the U.S. alone develop deep vein thrombosis - blood clots in the veins. This affliction becomes life threatening for 500,000 of those people when the blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.

Early detection of these life threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within vascular laboratories.

Vascular Diagnostic Associates, P.C., Ultrasound located in Flushing, NY, is one of a select number of vascular laboratories in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico to meet or exceed the ICAVL standards for noninvasive vascular testing. During the accreditation process, every aspect of the laboratory\'s daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients is assessed and reviewed. While completing the application, laboratories are required to identify and correct potential problems, revising protocols and validating quality assurance programs.

Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory\'s attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing. ICAVL accreditation is valid of a period of three years.

The ICAVL is a non-profit organization established with the support of eleven medical societies including physicians, technologists and sonographers that represent medical specialties including cardiology, neurology, radiology, vascular medicine, vascular surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine and biology.\"

Consumer-Driven Health Care

04.22.2009  We are aware of the knowledge of the patient (public) and the availability of medical information on the internet. There are many advantages to this new time of interaction between the medical professionals and the laymen. Now we also have to be aware of the pitfalls of “a little knowledge is a dangerous thing” and how this can affect your decisions when choosing healthcare. If you are a Firefighter, imagine an ordinary citizen taking on the rescue of people in a burning building with only a desire to help. If you are a Police Officer, imagine a citizen without the necessary training and experience being in charge of law enforcement with a weapon. If you are a Teamster truck driver, imagine a driver of an ordinary automobile driving an 18 wheeler on New York City streets. This scenario is repeated in all occupations that require many years of proper training and experience to have a successful outcome. Vascular Diagnostic has been in the forefront of early prevention through early detection of diseases of the heart and blood vessels. We are dedicated, knowledgeable and professional with over 30 years of experience.