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Discovering a Family Heart Condition

By December 12, 2017 Features

After a diagnosis of a silent hereditary disease, this Vietnam veteran from Long Island went to the experts at Westchester Medical Center.

By Laurie Yarnell

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What Affects Heart Disease?

By December 12, 2017 Features

A look beyond the universal risk factors — plus, what you can control.

By Lisa Cesarano

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World-Class Cardiovascular Care Closer to Home

By December 12, 2017 Features

The WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute is investing in the very best cardiovascular care for patients in the Hudson Valley — and, through innovation and growth, is transforming local healthcare.

Powered by the world-class resources of WMCHealth’s 10-hospital network, the Institute is seamlessly blending exceptional medical expertise, state-of-the art technology and a trusted, steadfast commitment to patient-centered care.

“First and foremost is our commitment to our patients,” said Julio A. Panza, MD, Chief of Cardiology at WMCHealth. “We are proud to provide trusted, expert cardiovascular services found nowhere else in the region, to advance care here in the Hudson Valley.”

Highly trained teams of specialists, nurses, physician assistants and allied health professionals work together to provide a seamless continuum of care across WMCHealth’s eight campuses. Whether it is preventive care at a cardiologist’s office nearby, diagnostic screenings at a community hospital or more complex procedures at regional hospitals, patients know they are getting the best, most comprehensive care.

The WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute’s dynamic growth allows the health network to provide the finest cardiology, cardiovascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and pediatric cardiovascular services, for almost every conceivable heart and vascular disorder, right in the communities where people live.

“Not only do WMCHealth hospitals have access to the advanced-care resources and expertise available on our Valhalla campus, but we are also committed to exporting expertise and equipment to our affiliate hospitals across the region,” explains Dr. Panza. “We want to elevate the level of care at all the hospitals in our network so that our patients can stay as close to home as much as possible.”

  •  Geographic expansion: The WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute now offers nine locations, complementing WMCHealth Network hospitals, enabling quality care close to home. The Hudson Valley focus has expanded to include services on Long Island and as far north as Delaware County.
  • Innovation: Responding to emerging public health needs, the Institute has introduced Pulmonary Hypertension and Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy programs. Highly skilled teams are at the forefront of the fast-growing subspecialty of Electrophysiology. The new TeleCardiology Program gives cardiologists anywhere in the WMCHealth network the ability to conduct virtual, face-to-face consultations with medical teams and patients.
  • Investing in the future: The $230 million Ambulatory Care Pavilion opening on the health network’s flagship Valhalla campus in 2018 will include a Heart Center, offering outpatients a full spectrum of cardiovascular treatment. The $21 million renovation of six cardiac catheterization labs at Westchester Medical Center, and a partnership with Philips, are creating the cath labs of the future.
  • Academic advancement: An academic affiliation with New York Medical College engineered the creation of the Cardiovascular Translational Science Institute. This collaboration brings together basic lab scientists with clinical investigators who work with patients to fine-tune new cardiovascular breakthroughs. The Institute is committed to research that advances already expert care. In addition, the Heart and Vascular Institute offers robust Continuing Medical Education programming throughout the year.

The WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute’s mission is to provide patients who live throughout the greater Hudson Valley region and southwestern Connecticut the highest level of care, close to home.

To learn more about the WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute, go to westchestermedicalcenter.com/heart.

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How One Man’s Cardiac Emergency Was Saved By Westchester Medical Center’s Collaborative Advantage

By December 12, 2017 Features

Lifesaving decisions and collaborative, compassionate care contributed to a successful emergency cardiac surgery.

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Sophia’s Journey Through a Life-Changing Heart Defect

By December 12, 2017 Features

How Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s comprehensive approach to pediatric cardiology is saving lives… one child at a time.

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A Retired NYC Firefighter Becomes an Unlikely Heart Attack Victim

By December 12, 2017 Features

This retired NYC firefighter was the picture of health — and then he had a heart attack.

By Melissa F. Pheterson

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What If We Only Ate Plants?

By December 12, 2017 Features

A Westchester Medical Center Health Network cardiologist weighs in on the health benefits and risks of a vegan diet.

By David Levine

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Life Before and After a New Heart

By December 12, 2017 Features

Westchester Medical Center Health Network recently performed the 200th heart transplant at its WMCHealth Heart and Vascular Institute. Three of those patients share their stories.

By Debra Bresnan

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Arthritis Sufferer is “120 Percent Fine” After Innovative Surgical Disc Implant

By October 20, 2017 Features

Helen Cerreta hasn’t got time for pain since receiving this implant at MidHudson Regional Hospital.

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Retired Police Sergeant Saved By 2 WMCHealth Hospitals and Former Colleagues

By October 20, 2017 Features

When Ronald Schwandt took a fall that lead to several injuries, it was teamwork that ensured a successful recovery.

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