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06/11/2008

South Nassau Appoints Director of Cardiovascular Imaging


South Nassau Communities Hospital recently appointed Frank Pollaro, MD, FACC, director of cardiovascular imaging of its Center for Cardiovascular Health. Dr. Pollaro is board certified in cardiovascular disease, nuclear cardiology, and echocardiology.

Dr. Pollaro will be responsible for developing and implementing the imaging strategy at the Center; coordinating and prescribing the imaging techniques used to diagnose and treat patients; and identifying, developing, and/or acquiring advancements in cardiovascular imaging technologies and methods.

A fellow of the American College of Cardiology, Dr. Pollaro has a fellowship in cardiology and completed residency training in internal medicine. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University Medical School of Medicine in 1994. Dr. Pollaro is a member of numerous professional societies and associations including the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology, American Society of Echocardiography, and the Society of Cardiac Computed Tomography.

The Center for Cardiovascular Health is the cornerstone of South Nassau’s cardiac care initiative to meet the pressing need for advanced, interventional cardiology services in Nassau County, where the impact of cardiovascular disease grows by the day as the population ages. Approximately 41% of all deaths in Nassau County are attributable to some form of heart disease. Cardiovascular diseases, including heart attack and stroke, are the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the American Heart Association, one in three adults has some form of cardiovascular disease.

The cardiac imaging techniques and technologies used at the Center produce clear, highly defined pictures and views of the heart that are used by interventional cardiologists to perform patient-centered treatment plans. Dr. Pollaro and the Center’s cardiac imaging specialists are versed in nuclear cardiology (which generates images of the heart at work, during exercise and at rest); echocardiogram via the trans-thoracic method (a non-invasive, highly accurate and quick assessment of the overall health of the heart in which a probe is placed on the chest wall of the patient to produce images of the heart); and transesophageal echocardiogram (which uses a specialized probe containing an ultrasound transducer at its tip that is passed into the esophagus and is used to provide clear views of areas of the heart that would be difficult to view transthoracically).

The Center’s comprehensive program of cardiovascular care also includes coronary and peripheral artery catheterization and stent placement, electrophysiology and arrhythmia services.



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