Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen gets in SHAPE for Early Heart Disease Detection

ALLEN, Texas — The first sign that something is wrong can often be fatal when it comes to matters of the heart. Nearly 75 percent of patients hospitalized with a heart attack had cholesterol levels that indicated they were not at high risk for a cardiovascular event, according to a January 2009 study published in the American Heart Journal.

While most cardiovascular clinics focus on preventing a second heart attack, Texas Health Craig Ranch Outpatient Center has made a commitment to focusing on preventing a heart attack before it happens by earning certification as a SHAPE/Heart Health Center of Excellence.

“We are committed to saving the lives of the people we serve in Collin County through the early detection of heart disease,” said Sheila McKinney, president of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen — Texas Health Craig Ranch’s parent facility. “SHAPE certification is an important step in our goal of becoming a leader in early detection and prevention of coronary artery disease in North Texas.”

SHAPE/Heart Health Centers of Excellence are committed to improving patient outcomes through early detection and primary prevention of coronary artery disease (CAD). They adhere to the First SHAPE Guideline for screening to identify hidden CAD in apparently healthy individuals. The First SHAPE Guideline established standards for the careful and responsible implementation of scientifically proven atherosclerosis tests to detect hidden plaque buildup in coronary and carotid arteries, and recommended the tests be incorporated into routine screening for at risk men and women as they age.

“This represents our desire to hold ourselves to a high standard and maintain that high level of quality care,” said Dr. Clyde Sullivan, a cardiologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Allen. “Through SHAPE we are held accountable to a national standard for how we are using the technology at our disposal. The ultimate goal is to prevent a heart attack before our patients ever have to experience one.”

In addition to their extensive background and experience in cardiac care, Dr. Sullivan and the staff at Texas Health Craig Ranch were given in-depth training on the appropriate use of screening technology in order to receive SHAPE/Heart Health Center of Excellence certification.

Texas Health Craig Ranch offers non-invasive coronary calcium scoring which utilizes computed tomography (CT scanning) to obtain images of the heart and detect arterial blockage. The scan searches for specks of calcium in the walls of the coronary arteries. Calcifications are an early sign of heart disease. After the scan, a calcium (or Agatston) score is given, reflecting the amount of calcium found in the arteries.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 62-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 425 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. Texas Health’s system of 13 hospitals includes Texas Health Harris Methodist, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Presbyterian, and an organization for medical research and education.

Texas Health is a partner in eight additional hospitals or surgery centers. Texas Health Physicians Group provides a variety of models for engagement with physicians. Texas Health Partners is a joint venture development and management company owned by Texas Health Resources. Texas Health MedSynergies is a joint venture that offers physicians a range of office management and other business services to support their practices. Texas Health SingleSource Staffing is a joint venture designed to help Texas Health hospitals improve patient care by recruiting and retaining quality nurses and allied healthcare professionals. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.