Effort to detect and treat heart attack risk in apparently healthy people gains foothold in Lebanon

HOUSTON, October 26, 2010 – SHAPE, The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (http://www.shapesociety.org) ,a nonprofit organization that promotes the early detection and treatment of heart attack risk in apparently healthy people, today awarded SHAPE Provider Certification to 10 medical providers from around the world. The newly certified providers include nine physicians in Lebanon and one registered nurse in Arizona.

“SHAPE Provider Certification focuses on best practices for reducing the incidence of acute coronary events and deaths from coronary artery disease, and we are pleased that medical providers around the world are finding it to be a valuable resource,” said JoAnne Zawitoski, chair of the SHAPE Board of Directors. “Through a rigorous process of training and examination, the program teaches how to identify clinically appropriate patients for non-invasive screening for coronary artery disease, which advances our mission of promoting the early detection of CAD.”

The nine newly certified physicians in Lebanon participated in a course facilitated by Hussain Isma’eel, M.D.
SHAPE Provider Certification adheres to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden CAD in apparently healthy patients. The SHAPE II Task Force will convene at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2010 on November 13th and is expected to recommend updates that incorporate what has been learned through research and medical practice during the four years since the First SHAPE Guideline was introduced.

In addition to SHAPE Provider Certification, SHAPE encourages best practices in heart attack screening through SHAPE Certified Centers of Excellence. Unlike traditional cardiovascular clinics that are primarily focused on preventing a second heart attack, SHAPE Certified Centers of Excellence focus on the prevention of a first heart attack.

SHAPE’s exhibit at the AHA Scientific Sessions 2010 (Booth #1708) will showcase updates to the SHAPE Guideline as well as the SHAPE Certified Centers of Excellence program and SHAPE Provider Certification initiative.