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Miami Valley Hospital Launches Premier HeartWorks

Program’s comprehensive, affordable screenings help identify hidden heart problems

(Dayton, OH February 19, 2007) – Heart disease kills more men and women each year than any other disease. Mukul Chandra, MD, a cardiologist with Miami Valley Hospital, hopes to reduce that statistic through a new initiative called Premier HeartWorks.

“Heart disease nationwide and in the Dayton area is occurring among an ever-younger group of people,” said Dr. Chandra. “For men, the risk of having a heart attack begins to rise significantly at age 45. For women, the risk of developing heart disease starts to increase at age 55. That is why it is important to know your risk of heart disease and stroke early so that you can avoid becoming a statistic.”

Premier HeartWorks provides a heart health “snapshot” through a comprehensive and affordable cardiac risk assessment screening for $99. A physician referral or insurance approval is not required for the screening. All tests are done in one session and typically take about one hour to complete. Dr. Chandra reviews results and recommends appropriate follow-up.

Dr. Chandra is director of Premier HeartWorks and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Wright State University. The recipient of the best teaching resident award when he was a resident at Emory University, he is the author of more than a dozen professional journal articles on heart health.

“HeartWorks screenings allow us to predict a person’s likelihood of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years,” says Dr. Chandra. “If we learn through the screening a person is at risk, we can recommend further testing and suggest diet and lifestyle changes to help lower the chances of a heart attack or stroke.”

Another benefit of HeartWorks is that all of the experts needed to get a patient on track for a healthy heart are in one location where testing is done. An exercise specialist, registered dietician, cardiac nurses and a physician provide one-on-one counseling.

The HeartWorks program is located in Centerville at 7707 Paragon Road. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (937) 208-6980.