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Cardiac Care

NuHealth's new 320-slice AquilionOne CT.

From the smallest skipped beat to the most life-threatening cardiac events, NuHealth Cardiac Care is ready to take action. Created in partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, NuHealth Cardiac Care is staffed by a team of heart specialists with the most advanced training in all aspects of cardiac care, bringing an extraordinary level of expertise to those who need it most. We are with you every step of the way, from helping you obtain preauthorization for testing or procedures to providing the ongoing care and disease management you need.

NuHealth Cardiac Care brings a broader array of cardiac services than ever before to Nassau University Medical Center. Whether you come to us in an emergency or are referred by your physician, you’ll have access to the kind of specialized cardiac services you used to have to go elsewhere to find, from advanced therapy for congestive heart failure to catheterization, defibrillator and pacemaker implantation.

  • Advanced Cardiac Care from the heart specialists of North Shore-LIJ, practicing at Nassau University Medical Center.
  • Heart Imaging Center with enhanced diagnostics, including a new 320-slice CT Scan, nuclear stress testing, 2D, transesophageal echo (TEE) and much more.
  • Non-Surgical Cardiac Procedures, from cardiac catheterization at NUMC to the most advanced procedures performed at North Shore University Hospital.
  • Pacemaker and Defibrillator Implantation
  • ZIO Patch Up to 14 days wireless continuous monitoring as you continue normal activity. Increases chances of capturing abnormal heart rhythms.
  • 24/7/365 access

Rest assured that when you place your heart in our hands, we will treat it, and you, with the utmost care.

Contact Information

Appointments: (516) 296-4949

Administration:

Chair & Director Cardiac Imaging: Amgad Makaryus, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, FSCCT (516) 296-4949
Sr. Administrative Director: Lorinda Bauer, RN, MBA (516) 296-4949
Director Nursing Medical Surgical Services: Janice Pateres, MS, MBA, RN, BC (516) 296-4949
Director Critical Care: Linda Condon, RN BSN, MS, ANP (516) 296-4949

Clinical Leadership:

Alex Vidal, MD
Director Arrhythimia Center
Kyriaki Poumpouridis, MD
Director Invasive Cardiology
Daniel Chikvashvili, MD
Co-Director Nuclear Cardiology
Roman Zeltser, MD
Director of Cardiac Clinical Services
Deborah Ahern, ANP-BC
Director Heart Failure Clinic
Rosalind Watman, D.O.
Director Women's Heart Health
Rodie S. Jean, RPA-C
Salma Gene, RPA-C
Dina Kutcher, RPA-C

 

Cardiology

Heart disease can affect anyone, but with proper diagnosis, treatment and follow-up, NuHealth’s cardiologists can help prevent coronary plaque build-up and reduce the risk of heart attack. Our board-certified cardiologists help medically manage a wide variety of acute and chronic heart conditions.

We partner closely with your doctors and your loved ones to help you manage your heart disease and embrace changes in lifestyle to lessen the risk of heart failure. When medical and non-invasive cardiology therapies aren’t enough, our colleagues are standing by to employ advanced interventional cardiology procedures, including catheterization, implantation of stents, pacemakers and other devices, or even cardiac surgery if necessary. But make no mistake: our top priority is preventing your heart condition from progressing beyond the need for medical management.

The NuHealth cardiology team is honored by your trust, and we will do all we can to see you happy, healthy – and home.

To make an appointment, please call (516) 296-4949

Clinical Staff
Chair & Director Cardiac Imaging: Amgad Makaryus, MD, FACC, FACP, FASE, FSCCT
Daniel Chikvashvili, MD
Rodlie S. Jean, RPA-C
Salma Gene, RPA-C

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization or a cardiac angiogram makes it possible for NuHealth's cardiac specialists to identify blocked heart arteries and problems with heart function, with the hope of preventing or repairing damaged heart muscle. A small IV is inserted into the main artery in the leg or wrist, painlessly followed by a long, thin hollow catheter that goes up to the heart arteries. Contrast is then injected into the heart arteries and images are obtained, giving us a clear picture of the blood vessels and the heart chambers, and how effectively they are pumping blood to the body.

Our close partnership with the North Shore-LIJ Health System allows us the ability to easily and quickly schedule cardiac percutaneous interventions or stents at North Shore University Hospital if the need arises, with access to the most advanced and current technology and equipment available.

For more information or to make an appointment with an interventional cardiologist, please call (516) 296-4949.

Clinical Staff
Director - Kyriaki Poumpouridis, MD

Cardiac Surgery

Thanks to our integrated relationship with the North Shore-LIJ Health System, NuHealth patients in need of cardiac procedures are easily scheduled or transferred for surgery at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Procedures include:

  • Alcohol-Septal Ablation,
  • Biventricular Defibrillator Device (Biv) Implantation
  • Bypass Surgery
  • Coronary Balloon Angioplasty
  • Drug-Coated Stent Implantation
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Open Heart Surgery
  • Percutaneous Valvuloplasty
  • Robotic Valvular Surgery
  • Rotablation
  • Septal Closure Devices

For more information about cardiac surgery through NuHealth Cardiac Care, call (516) 296-4949.

Heart Failure Center

Heart Failure affects about 5.8 million people in the United States, with 670,000 new patients diagnosed annually. Each year over 1 million people are admitted to an inpatient setting for heart failure. It is the leading cause of hospitalization among people over the age of 65, and accounts for approximately 20% of the hospital admissions in this group. With an annual cost of greater than 39 billion dollars a year.

Although often used interchangeably by the public, heart failure is not the same as a heart attack or cardiac arrest. Simply put, heart failure occurs when the heart is unable to pump well enough to supply the body with freshly oxygenated blood. Heart Failure can be caused by coronary artery disease, heart attack, high blood pressure and cardiomyopathy.

The Heart Failure Center at NuHealth provides heart failure patients and their families with comprehensive education, symptom management, and monitoring to improve their cardiovascular health and improve their quality of life. Our goal is to empower patients to better care for themselves by improving patient understanding and family support.

We accept referrals for patients at any stage of the disease and provide a full range of cardiovascular services including referral to transplant centers when appropriate. We take a multidisciplinary approach to heart failure; this approach often results in exceptional outcomes even for the most severe forms of heart failure.

NuHealth was recently awarded the AHA's Get With the Guideline Silver Performance Achievement Award. This recognition signifies that NuHealth has reached an impressive benchmark in implementing the evidenced based guidelines and procedures of the AHA GWTG quality improvement initiative which gives hospitals the tools for caring for patients with heart failure that have been shown to improve patient outcomes, prevent future hospitalizations and prolong lives.

To learn more about NuHealth’s Heart Failure Center, or to arrange an appointment with a cardiac specialist, please call (516) 296-4949.

Clinical Staff
Director - Deborah Ahern, ANP-BC

Non-Invasive Cardiology

NuHealth's specialists in non-invasive cardiology are often the first to see new patients with apparent heart problems. Using a variety of sophisticated diagnostic imaging and laboratory tests at Nassau University Medical Center, we are able to identify abnormalities in the structure and function of the heart and blood vessels. Your physician may request, or we may recommend one or more of these procedures to provide the information needed to develop an appropriate treatment plan:

320-slice Cardiac CT Angiography - A revolutionary new cat scan that takes a 3D picture of your entire heart in one heartbeat. This simple, fast test allows doctors to find blockages in your blood vessels without inserting catheters into your heart and admitting you to the hospital. A small dose of IV contrast is administered to every patient and some may require IV heart rate medications to slow down your heart for a better picture. This method has been proven save and effective.

Echocardiography - The Echocardiography lab at NUMC offers some of the most advanced technology with improved precision and accuracy of image analysis and currently performs 6,000 exams each year. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound that uses high frequency sound waves to capture 2D and 3D images of the heart in motion. This test provides information about the size and strength of the heart muscle and also helps diagnose heart valve abnormalities.

  • Stress Echocardiogram - A stress echocardiogram is used to evaluate how your heart responds to exercise or increased activity. If you are unable to exercise, an IV drug called Dobutamine may be recommended to increase your heart rate to simulate the effects of exercise.
  • Contrast Echocardiogram - A standard echocardiogram that also includes the injection of fine microbubbles to enhance the image quality and produce a clearer picture of the heart walls.

Nuclear Stress Testing - A special scanner that provides a uniquely detailed image of the blood flow in your heart after the injection of a radioactive isotope and detects blockages in your blood vessels. This test may be performed after exercise or with the use of IV medications.

Micro-T Wave Alternans - This test monitors your heartbeat while you walk on a treadmill to determine the risk of developing dangerous rhythm disturbances

NuHealth's Cardiac Care teams at Nassau University Medical Center and North Shore University Hospital are ready to provide treatment and coordinate your care with your primary physician.

For an appointment, please call (516) 296-4949.

Clinical Staff
Roman Zeltser, MD
Director of Cardiac Clinical Services

Cardiac Arrhythmias

Heart rhythm abnormalities, or arrhythmias, are not uncommon conditions caused by problems with the electrical system of the heart. Some manifestations of cardiac arrhythmias include, palpitations, dizziness, fatigue and fainting spells. These symptoms, among others, can present themselves in combination or independently, depending on which type of heart rhythm condition is present. A cardiac electrophysiologist is a cardiologist who, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heart rhythm conditions.

Some heart rhythm conditions can be managed by implantation of a pacemaker. This highly effective, one-hour procedure is considered low-risk and generally requires only an overnight stay for observations.

For patients at serious risk of life-threatening arrhythmias or cardiac arrest, NuHealth's cardiac specialists may recommend an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). This life saving device is implanted in much the same way as a pacemaker.

Some heart rhythm conditions are best treated with medication or, when necessary, with a catheter-based procedure called an ablation. This technologically advanced procedure is gaining popularity and often leads to a complete cure of the arrhythmia.

For more information, or to make an appointment, please call (516) 296-4949.

Women’s Heart Health

Heart disease is the leading cause of death among women, and NuHealth is committed to helping them beat the odds. Our multidisciplinary team of cardiologists, nurses, nutritionists, exercise specialists and other health-care professionals works with women with or at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, particularly those with contributing high risk factors such as diabetes, obesity, hypertension, or being a smoker or past menopause.

Conducted out of NuHealth’s Zaki Hossain Center for Hypertension, Diabetes, and Vascular Disease, the Women’s Heart Health program focuses on monitoring and managing contributing factors like high blood pressure and diabetes, and helping you learn how to eat correctly and take steps leading to a healthier lifestyle.

For more information, or to make an appointment with a women’s heart health consultant, please call (516) 296-4949.

Clinical Staff
Rosalind Watman, D.O.