Cedars-Sinai Imaging Center Designated SHAPE Model Center of Excellence
Recognized for setting the standard to prevent first heart attacks
SHAPE Centers of Excellence adhere to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden heart attack risk in apparently healthy individuals. The First SHAPE Guideline recommended two non-invasive atherosclerosis tests for at-risk men over age 45 and at-risk women over age 55: either coronary artery calcification scoring (CACS) by a computed tomography (CT) scan or carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) scanning by ultrasound. Both tests have been shown to assess an asymptomatic individual’s heart attack risk more effectively than relying on measuring risk factors such as cholesterol.
SHAPE Centers of Excellence focus on the prevention of a first heart attack -- especially in the vulnerable population , who are those at risk of a near future heart attack.
In addition to the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center, SHAPE Centers of Excellence are located in Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Australia. A complete list is posted at http://www.shapesociety.org/shapecertifiedcenter.html.
The SHAPE Centers of Excellence Program coincides with SHAPE Provider Certification. For more information about these certification programs for your practice or hospital, please contact Dr. Jeff Fine at (803) 360-4756 or email@example.com.
The mission of SHAPE (www.shapesociety.org) is to eradicate heart attack by championing new strategies for prevention while advancing the scientific quest for a cure. SHAPE visualizes a world free from the threat of heart attack. The goals of SHAPE are to reduce the instances of heart attack - especially in the asymptomatic patient - through education programs presented to both healthcare professionals and the community. SHAPE believes that education and ongoing research are key elements in the success of programs designed to go beyond the norm in the early detection and treatment of cardiovascular disease.