Certification Program Promotes Early Detection and Treatment of Heart Attack Risk in Apparently Healthy People.

Houston (PRWEB) September 9, 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 announced that 34 medical providers from around the world are among the first to earn SHAPE Provider Certification. The program promotes the early detection of coronary artery disease (CAD) through identification of clinically appropriate patients for non-invasive CAD screening, and awards certification based on a rigorous process of training and examination.

SHAPE Provider Certification adheres to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden CAD in asymptomatic (apparently healthy) patients. The First SHAPE Guideline established standards for the careful and responsible implementation of scientifically proven atherosclerosis tests to detect hidden plaque buildup in coronary and carotid arteries, and recommended the tests be incorporated into routine screening for at risk men and women as they age.

“We are pleased to award SHAPE Provider Certification to these deserving medical providers and encourage them to continue advancing preventive cardiology,” said JoAnne Zawitoski, chairwoman of the SHAPE Board of Directors. “SHAPE Provider Certification is a way to incorporate the First SHAPE Guideline into patient care. It helps patients and referring physicians identify cardiology specialists who are following best practices by managing patient care to reduce the incidence of acute coronary events and CAD-related mortality. We also believe that SHAPE Provider Certification can help to improve clinical outcomes for patients by employing scientifically proven screening methodologies as a part of a physician’s preventive medicine practice.”

In addition to SHAPE Provider Certification, SHAPE encourages best practices in heart attack screening through SHAPE/Heart Health Centers of Excellence. Unlike traditional cardiovascular clinics that are primarily focused on preventing a second heart attack, SHAPE/Heart Health Centers of Excellence focus on the prevention of a first heart attack. To date, clinics in Arizona, Florida and Pennsylvania have been designated SHAPE/HeartHealth Centers of Excellence.

SHAPE Provider Certification addresses the needs of cardiologists, radiologists, internists, family physicians, primary care providers, OB-GYNs, preventive medicine specialists and non-physician providers. Specific educational modules include: appropriate patient selection for CAD screening, risk assessment for subclinical CAD, coronary artery calcium scoring, carotid IMT testing, understanding the clinical and economic burden of global cardio vascular disease (CVD), comparison of available screening tests, and how to use the First SHAPE Guideline to improve patient outcomes.

SHAPE Provider Certification coincides with the SHAPE Society’s Certified Centers of Excellence Program. For more information about these certification programs for your practice or hospital, please contact Dr. Jeff Fine at (803) 360-4756 or jfine@jandjmedical.net

SHAPE Certified Providers

United States Naveen Acharaya, MD Heart Care Consultants Sarasota, FL 34238 941-907-8951

Timothy C. Chapman RTR CT MR Chandler Medical Center 1677 East Oak Road San Tan Valley, AZ 85140 (480) 656-9684

Troy Eden, P.A. Eden Medical Clinic Elko, NV (775) 753-3770

Carlos Jorge, M.D. Presbyterian Novant Heart and Wellness Cornelius, NC (704) 384-7910

Ahmed Khan, M.D. Cardiology Consultants, PC Johnson City, TN (423) 282-3377

Michael Mumma, MD Florida Cardiac Consultants 1540 S. Tamiami Trail Ste. 401 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-0060

Gene Myers, MD Sarasota, FL Khurram Nasir, M.D. Boston, MA

Raghotham Patlola, M.D. Cardiovascular Institute of the South Lafayette, LA (337) 988-1585

Eugene Schwarz, M.D. Cardiovascular Diagnostic Services Columbia, S.C. (803) 754-2600

Abid A. Shah, MD 5741 Bee Ridge Road Ste. 420 Sarasota, FL 34233 941-377-7490

Robert Touchon, M.D. Huntington, WV

Mark Urman, M.D. Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute Los Angeles, CA (310) 243-3300 Larry Weathers, M.D. Rogers, AR (479) 338-4400

Norbert Wilke, M.D. University of Florida Gainesville, FL British West Indies

Joseph Barefoot, M.D. Grand Cayman, British West Indies

Lebanon

Issam Abbas, M.D. Nabatia, Lebanon

Nada Atoui, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Abbas Awada, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Ali Bachir, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Ali Berry, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Nuria Casals, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Mohammad Dbouk, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Tagrid Hajjali, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Malek Hamade, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Hichem Hojeij, M.D. Nabatia, Lebanon

Hussain Isma’eel, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Mark Koshaish, Ph.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Mahmoud Mansour, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon Diya Mohsen, Ph.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Hussein Salhab, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon

Bilal Shoumar, M.D. Beirut, Lebanon Bulgaria Assen Goudev, Prof. #8 Bialo More Str. Sofia, Bulgaria

About SHAPE

Based in Houston, the Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (SHAPE) is a non-profit organization that promotes education and research related to prevention, detection, and treatment of heart attacks. SHAPE is committed to raising public awareness about revolutionary discoveries that are opening exciting avenues to prevent heart attacks. SHAPE’s mission is to eradicate heart attacks in the 21st century. Additional information is available on the organization’s Web site at http://www.shapesociety.org