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Lenox Hill Hospital's Vascular Laboratory Receives Accreditation

February 23, 2007

Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York's vascular laboratory has attained recognition for its commitment to providing a high level of patient care and quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. The facility achieved accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). Committed to balancing the changing needs of both the vascular community and the general public, the ICAVL was created in 1990 by uniting physicians, technologists and sonographers from ten sponsoring organizations.

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke, a disorder of the blood supply to the brain, is the third leading cause of death and disability in this country, with 500,000 new strokes occurring annually.

One American dies every 32 seconds of cardiovascular disease, disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Each year, 3 million people in the United States alone develop deep vein thrombosis - blood clots in the veins. This affliction becomes life threatening for 500,000 of those people when the blood clot breaks loose and travels to the lungs.

Early detection of these life-threatening vascular diseases is possible through the use of noninvasive vascular testing techniques performed within vascular laboratories.

Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York's vascular laboratory located in Lenox Hill Hospital is one of a select number of vascular laboratories in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico to meet or exceed the ICAVL standards for noninvasive vascular testing. During the accreditation process, every aspect of the laboratory's daily operations and its impact on the quality of health care provided to patients is assessed and reviewed.

Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates Lenox Hill Heart and Vascular Institute of New York's attention to a high level of patient care and quality testing. Appointments can be arranged by calling (212) 434-3420.

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