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Carnahan-Jackson Foundation Grant Benefits Heart Patients

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Showcasing the new state-of-the-art cardiac technology, from left: David Carnahan, Chairman, Carnahan-Jackson Foundation; Stephen Sellstrom, Executive Secretary Carnahan-Jackson Foundation; Julie Davidson, Senior R.N., WCA Hospital Heart Center, Katherine Hoxie, Senior Cardiac Ultrasound Technician, WCA Hospital Heart Center.

Jamestown, New York  (Wednesday, December 17, 2008)— The Carnahan-Jackson Foundation has awarded the WCA Hospital Heart Center a $35,830 grant to fund specialized cardiac technology that benefit patients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease.  The high tech technology - which is now in place at WCA - assists cardiologists in evaluating, diagnosing and monitoring cardiovascular (heart) disease.

“We are very appreciative to the Carnahan-Jackson Foundation for their long-standing support of our hospital,” said Betsy T. Wright, President/CEO at WCA Hospital.  “Our Heart Center is committed to providing excellence in cardiovascular care.  This grant enhances our ability to provide the best cardiac care to our patients and continues our assurance to offer area residents the latest, most advanced technology in the fight against heart disease and serves to strengthen WCA’s reputation as one of the area’s leaders in heart care.”

The grant provided for the purchase of new revolutionary stress test treadmills that evaluate the patient’s heart’s response to exercise.  The high-tech technology utilizes ECG tracings and blood pressure monitoring to evaluate any changes in the patient’s heart indicating any degree of narrowing or blockages in the coronary arteries.  While the patient walks on the treadmill at various grades and speeds, the electrical activity of the heart is measured to evaluate chest pain and the level of cardiac functioning.  The treadmill technology is also used in Nuclear Medicine at WCA that applies advanced techniques to enable cardiologists to make well-informed decisions about patient conditions and their treatment for heart disease.

In addition to the acquisition of cardiac treadmill technology, the Carnahan-Jackson Foundation grant supported the purchase of two Philips StressVue Exercise Stress Testing Systems – the newest advancement in the field of stress testing - that enables cardiologists to detect heart disease earlier, so patients receive the most appropriate course of treatment.  The new state-of-the-art stress test systems are utilized in the evaluation of coronary artery disease. 

Our goal is to provide the highest quality cardiac care with state-of-the-art technology, right here, close to home,” said James Cirbus, MD FACC.  “As Medical Director of the WCA Heart Center, I can testify to the fact that heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States, particularly in Western New York.  The new stress testing equipment provides technological capabilities for improved diagnosis, treatment and further prevention of heart disease.  We genuinely appreciate the Foundation’s support and collaboration in providing cardiac advancements that facilitate the best in diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.”

The WCA Hospital Heart Center combines clinical expertise with the latest technology for diagnosis, treatment and recovery of heart disease.  The Center provides services for the diagnosis and monitoring of heart disease, for both inpatients and outpatients. The department's non-invasive cardiology laboratory is equipped with the latest medical technology. The Center also offers a state-of-the-art Cardiac Catherization Laboratory with digital imaging capabilities that evaluates the coronary arteries, heart valves and heart muscle function and a Cardiac Rehab Program at WCA combines a supervised program of exercise and patient education for patients recovering from a heart attack.  The WCA Heart Center also offers smoking cessation programs and community wellness presentations directed at helping people avoid heart disease.  The Heart Center is Accredited by The Joint Commission and approved by the New York State Department of Health.

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