Cardiac Specialists Receives Imaging Accreditations

Fairfield, CT (July 2, 2015) – Cardiac Specialists, a member of Yale New Haven Health’s Northeast Medical Group, has earned three-year accreditation in Echocardiography, Vascular Testing and Nuclear/PET from the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Accreditation by the IAC means that Cardiac Specialists has undergone a thorough review by a panel of experts in the operational and technical components of these imaging modalities. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the country, with nearly 800,000 new strokes occurring annually.

Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography, Vascular Testing and Nuclear/PET imaging performed at hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis. The skill of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician, and quality assurance measures are all critical to quality testing.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography, Vascular Testing and Nuclear/PET. When scheduled for these procedures, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.

Cardiac Specialists is a regional group of nearly 20 cardiologists and nurse practitioners with offices in Fairfield, Trumbull, Danbury, Ridgefield, Milford, Shelton and Derby.

Northeast Medical Group (NEMG) is a not-for-profit multispecialty medical foundation established in 2010 to integrate physicians across Yale New Haven Health System. NEMG helps provide more coordinated, comprehensive, safe and high quality health care for patients across the entire continuum – primary, inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitative and preventive care. NEMG represents more than 130 practices and 500 physicians and medical professionals affiliated with Bridgeport, Greenwich and Yale New Haven Hospitals. Visit www.northeastmedicalgroup.org for more information.