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heartconferencePATERSON, NJ [JULY 22, 2009]- Your heart can't tell you when you are at risk for a heart attack, but we can. At St. Joseph's Ambulatory Imaging Center, a member of St. Joseph's Healthcare System, Frank Yuppa, MD, Chairman of Radiology, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center and Director of the St. Joseph's Ambulatory Imaging Center, and his team are helping save lives one test at a time.

St. Joseph's Ambulatory Imaging Center was the first facility in Passaic County to acquire the 64-Multislice CAT Scan machine. The scanner is used to perform calcium scoring, as well as more complex cardiac imaging including coronary CT Angiography.


"This technology provides revolutionary coronary artery imaging that will pick up subclinical coronary disease and as a result will save many lives," Dr. Yuppa explains.

Calcium scoring, a painless screening test, which takes 5 minutes, detects early signs of heart disease years before symptoms are apparent and has a 99% negative predictive value.

 

St. Joseph's is the only healthcare system in the state with two radiologists - Dr. Frank Yuppa and Dr. Edward Milman –who are Level 3 certified cardiac imaging specialists, the highest possible certification, which is an assurance of an accurate diagnosis. St. Joseph's Ambulatory Imaging Center is also one of the few Care Core accredited Cardiac CT Imaging Specialty Centers.

 

To schedule your test today or for more information about the benefits of screenings or other services available at St. Joseph's Ambulatory Imaging Center conveniently located at 1135 Broad Street in Clifton, please call 973.569.6300.

Watch Max Gomez of CBS News explain how local firefighters are benefiting from this test with his July 20, 2009 health report featuring Elliot Brown, MD, a cardiologist at St. Joseph's Healthcare System by visiting our News and Features Videos tab in our Featured Videos link.

 

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