Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch Earns SHAPE Center of Excellence Designation

Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch Earns SHAPE Center of Excellence Designation

Program encourages best practices for preventing first heart attacks
MCKINNEY, TEXAS, April 26, 2011 – SHAPE, The Society for Heart Attack Prevention and Eradication (http://www.shapesociety.org) ,a nonprofit organization that promotes early detection and preventive intervention to reduce heart attack risk, today announced the certification of Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch in McKinney, Texas as a SHAPE Center of Excellence. Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch is located at 7850 Collin McKinney Parkway, next to the Cooper Fitness Center.

SHAPE Centers of Excellence adhere to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden heart attack risk in apparently healthy men and women. SHAPE recommends two scientifically proven non-invasive atherosclerosis tests for at-risk men over age 45 and at-risk women over age 55: either coronary artery calcification scoring (CACS) by a computed tomography (CT) scan or carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) scanning by ultrasound. Both tests have been proven to be more effective than relying solely on measuring risk factors such as cholesterol to assess an apparently healthy individual’s heart attack risk.

“Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch is taking advantage of advances in preventive cardiology that make it possible to more accurately assess a seemingly healthy individual’s hidden heart risk so they can get the preventive treatment they need,” said JoAnne Zawitoski, chairwoman of the SHAPE Board of Directors. “As a SHAPE Center of Excellence, patients can be confident that Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch is at the forefront of the fight eradicate heart attacks.”

Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch and other SHAPE Centers of Excellence focus on the prevention of a first heart attack – especially in the vulnerable population, who are those at risk of a near future heart attack. Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch offers advanced diagnostic imaging services, cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary therapy and advanced cardiac imaging services.

In addition to Texas Health Outpatient Center Craig Ranch, other SHAPE Centers of Excellence are located in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Cedars-Sinai’s S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center in Los Angeles is a SHAPE Model Center of Excellence.

The SHAPE Centers of Excellence Program coincides with SHAPE Provider Certification. 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