Public Affairs Associate
Brooklyn, NY - December 31, 2008 - In the United States, coronary artery disease (CAD) is the number one killer, claiming the lives of hundreds of thousands of men and women each year. The disease develops when a combination of calcium, plaque and fatty materials build up in the arteries, restricting the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the heart. Two years ago, New York Methodist became the first hospital in Brooklyn to use cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to help diagnose CAD and other heart conditions. The noninvasive medical procedure provides very accurate images of the heart, which are important to the initial diagnosis and subsequent management of coronary artery disease. Photo above: John Heitner, M.D., director of advanced cardiac imaging at New York Methodist.