PATERSON, NJ [February 8, 2011] - St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center's (SJRMC) interdisciplinary team of compassionate, cardiovascular experts uses the latest technology and procedures to pinpoint the nature and scope of problem. The diagnostic tests available today can assist doctors in determining if you have heart or vascular disease. If you already know that you have heart or vascular disease, these tests can show if your disease is progressing and guide the treatment that is best suited to your needs.
Physician-experts, Advanced Practice Nurses, Research Nurses and Research Fellows within St. Joseph's Department of Cardiovascular Services are actively engaged in a number of trendsetting industry sponsored drug trials, national paper and poster presentations, as well as original research. The goal is always to heighten quality patient care.
National trends in cardiovascular research include exploring the mechanisms of the heart at the molecular and genetic levels. The goal of this exciting branch of research called, 'pharmacogenomics', is to tailor drug therapies to individuals based on their unique genetic makeup. Pharmacogenomics will potentially aid physicians in treating all forms of cardiovascular disease, as well as cardiovascular risk factors. The latest advances in cardiovascular research integrate cutting edge technology with basic physiology and pharmacology to improve outcomes. For instance, new technologies in pacemakers allow the physician to query the device to determine the amount of extra fluid the patient may have in their lungs. This information then guides the clinical team to optimize the treatment of the patient.
"Our comprehensive team of experts work together with the hope of improving cardiovascular outcomes for our patients, and increasing the knowledge base of the entire field", says Dr. Faillace. "The forefront of cardiovascular research is striving to understand prevention of cardiovascular disease. The ultimate goal of research in cardiology is to eliminate cardiovascular disease completely. Although there are many exciting prospects on the horizon", adds Dr. Faillace, "the most important factor in preventing cardiovascular disease is living a heart healthy lifestyle, knowing your risk factors, and treating your risk factors to optimal levels."
The professionals at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center (SJRMC) are committed to providing a top quality comprehensive "patients first" approach to healthcare service excellence. Their efforts have resulted in national recognition. Most recently, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and Cerner Corporation awarded the Nursing team at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center with The 2010 Magnet Prize™ - Magnet Nursing's most prestigious accolade. St. Joseph's is one of only 8 Magnet-designated hospitals to ever receive The Magnet Prize, and the only one worldwide to receive the 2010 award. The Magnet Prize highlights extraordinary nursing activities that have been sustained over an extended period of time, innovations that are beyond the characteristics of Magnet organizations, and positive outcomes that have been demonstrated and empirically linked to the innovation. The Women's Heart Center at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center was applauded as a pioneer in the area of community outreach for its comprehensive educational programs geared toward woman of all diverse backgrounds.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) has also applauded St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center multiple times. SJRMC has received Get With The Guidelines (GWTG) Triple Gold Awards for quality achievement in the treatment of stroke, coronary artery disease and heart failure (Gold Plus). St. Joseph's was the only hospital in the state and one of only 38 in the nation (both as of July 1, 2010) to earn all three Gold GWTG achievement awards.
St. Joseph's strives to continue creating innovative new programs and to propel and transform the future of healthcare, today!
We encourage you to take time during February's American Heart Month to evaluate your own cardiovascular health. Be sure to check www.StJosephsHealth.org for additional information on the broad spectrum of services available at St. Joseph's Healthcare System.