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About The Center

Stony Brook University Heart Center
Stony Brook University Heart Center
Health Sciences Drive
Stony Brook, NY 11794
SBU Heart Center Phone 631-44-HEART (444-3278)
SBU Heart Center Fax n/a
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Diagnostic Testing

Catherization Laboratories

The Heart Center's catheterization laboratories are the region's only 24-hour coverage for acute myocardial infarction patients who need primary or salvage angioplasty to restore blood flow quickly to the heart. We are the only catheterization facility in the area that is associated with on-site cardiothoracic surgery. Should patients require emergency bypass surgery, a designated elevator brings them directly from the catheterization lab to the operating room.

Stony Brook is the only hospital on Long Island to use an advanced system that allows patients undergoing high-risk angioplasty or stenting to be placed on bypass in the catheterization lab. The TandemHeart PTVA® (Percutaneous Transseptal Ventricular Assist) offers better circulatory support for these patients than the intra-aortic balloon pumps traditionally used for high-risk catheterization. read more

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Cardiovascular Imaging

Our Cardiovascular Imaging Section, led by Smadar Kort, M.D., (right) offers state-of-the-art echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, cardiac CT, and cardiac MR. The Echocardiography Laboratory is one of only a few centers in the country to offer the most innovative technologies - such as 3-D echocardiography, tissue Doppler, and strain and strain rate imaging-to enhance the diagnosis of cardiac disease in our patients. We use these types of imaging to assist cutting-edge interventions, including cardiac resynchronization therapy, pacemaker optimization, and other innovative surgical and percutaneous procedures.

The laboratory performs 10,000 procedures annually, aided by its ten state-of-the-art ultrasound systems and new treadmill and stress testing system. The facility is fully digital, and all studies are securely stored on a dedicated server for retrieval and interpretation of data. read more

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Nuclear Cardiology Service

The Nuclear Cardiology Service, directed by Jordan Katz, M.D., offers diagnostic exercise and pharmacologic stress testing for more than 2,500 patients each year who are undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging or radionuclide ventriculography. read more

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Cardiac CT and Cardiac MR

Cardiac CT and cardiac MR are performed in close collaboration with the Department of Radiology. We have recently added perfusion MR as well as MR-PET fusion imaging.

New 64-slice computed tomography scanners allow us to "see" inside coronary arteries faster and with greater clarity. We use this technology to perform calcium scoring, an early predictor of coronary artery disease, and to obtain detailed assessment of the degree of atherosclerotic plaque in the coronary arteries. read more

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Echocardiography Laboratory

Our Echocardiography Laboratory is one of only 92 laboratories in New York State to be accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

We are currently involved in imaging research studies, including evaluation of new technologies not yet available for clinical use. In addition, we serve as a clinical site for students from ultrasound schools in the area.
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