Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States.
On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease
- disorders of the heart and blood vessels.
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. According to the American
Heart Association, the total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular
disease and stroke in the U.S. for 2010 was an estimated $503.2 billion.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases
is possible through the use of Vascular Testing procedures performed within
hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians' offices. While these
tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate
diagnosis based on Vascular Testing.
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 each critical to quality patient testing.
Good Samaritan Dayson Heart Center has been granted a three-year term of
accreditation in Vascular Testing in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular
Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing and Peripheral Arterial Testing by
the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Accreditation by the IAC means that Good Samaritan Dayson Heart Center
has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components
by a panel of experts.
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.
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 Vascular Testing.
When scheduled for a Vascular Testing procedure, 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
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as
illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to
Vascular Testing, which include physicians, technologists and sonographers.
Vascular Testing accreditation is required in some states and regions by
the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private
insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that
their Vascular Testing procedures are performed within accredited facilities,
because for many facilities it remains a voluntary process.