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Service Spotlight: Cardiac pt. II
02.29.2012 [SMH Extra]

Hello readers! My name is Megan and I’ll be taking you on a virtual tour of Sarasota Memorial and discovering all of the fascinating treatments and services the hospital offers. Today, I sat down with Annie Thornhill, manager of heart and vascular services and non-invasive cardiology, to talk about the cardiac screenings we offer the community.

You can feel your heart beating, but for most of us, if you haven’t been diagnosed with anything, that’s the extent of thinking about heart health. When it comes to cardiac disease, the sooner you act the better. That’s why Sarasota Memorial offers screenings to the community.

We offer a free cardiac risk assessment tool online, as well as a $30 comprehensive heart screening. The screening is a series of non-invasive tests that provide an efficient, cost-effective way to assess your current cardiovascular health. Tests include total cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol), lipid profile (including LDL, bad cholesterol), triglycerides, blood sugar, lifestyle activity & exercise assessment, and weight & body mass index. Screenings occur every Wednesday the Heart and Vascular Services Building, on the main hospital campus by appointment only. This session includes results and counseling with our registered nurse certified in cardiac care. To make an appointment for the comprehensive heart screening, call 941.917.8889.

Sarasota Memorial also offers a calcium heart scan that is a CT coronary artery scan (heart blood vessels) that measures the amount of hardened fatty deposits, or plaque, inside your heart’s arteries. The scan is painless and takes 30 minutes and, depending on your insurance, the test may be covered partially or fully by insurance plan. To schedule a screening, call 941.917.7322.

Another screening we offer the community is our ultrasound screenings, which include a stroke screening – an ultrasound of the carotid arteries to detect blockages that could lead to a stroke if left untreated, abdominal aortic ultrasound screening – an ultrasound of the abdomen that detects the presence of an aneurysm, and an ankle brachial index – a test to check your risk of peripheral artery disease (PAD). The ultrasound screenings are done at the Institute for Advanced Medicine on Rand Blvd. in Sarasota and you can schedule a screening by calling 941.917.7322.

Sarasota Memorial has five anticoagulation clinics in the area. The clinics are an outpatient medical facility that helps patients safely manage their anticoagulation medications, including Warfarin sodium, Coumadin and Jantoven, and increase the amount of time their blood tests (INR) remain in the appropriate range. Patients who are managed by an anticoagulation clinic experience fewer incidences of bleeding and harmful clot formations, as well as fewer hospital visits resulting from these complications.

Our team manages multiple conditions that require the use of short-term or long-term anticoagulants – including those with atrial fibrillation, mechanical heart valves, or those who have had deep vein thrombosis, a pulmonary embolism or other forms of blood clots. We welcome patients at any stage of anticoagulation therapy. Any patients interested in receiving treatment from the clinic must have a referral and visit their primary physician at least once a year. Medicare, Medicaid and private insurance cover some or all of our services. People who are uninsured or experiencing financial difficulties may be eligible for free or discounted care.

The anticoagulation clinic locations:

Sarasota Memorial Heart & Vascular Services 1540 S. Tamiami Trail: 917-8889
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm

Sarasota Memorial Institute for Advanced Medicine 5880 Rand Blvd. (off Clark Road near I-75): 917-8230
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 8:30am – 4pm

Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Blackburn Point 929 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey: 917-3418
Hours: Tuesday & Wednesday 8:30 am – 4 pm

Sarasota Memorial Anticoagulation Clinic at Kobernick Anchin 1959 N. Honore Avenue
For appointments and hours call: 917-8889

Sarasota Memorial Health Care Center at Heritage Harbour 1040 River Heritage Blvd., Bradenton: 917-8128
Hours: Monday & Thursday 8:30am – 4pm
To finish out Heart Month, I sat down with Kelly Munch, manager of Ambulatory Services at the Institute for Advanced Medicine, and Meredith Cleveland, team leader of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation at the Institute for Advanced Medicine, to discuss our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation program and our plans to expand the service to North Port.


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