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Congressman Tim Bishop Promotes Heart Health at Mather Hospital

February 28, 2013

Mather Stroke Coordinator Joanne Lauten checks U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop’s blood pressure during the Congressman’s visit to Mather. U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop participated in a Blood Pressure Screening at Mather Hospital to mark American Heart Month and to stress the importance of keeping blood pressure under control in order to reduce the risk heart attack, stroke, heart failure and kidney disease.

Bishop also was given a tour of the state-of-the-art 320-slice CT scanner now being used to detect heart disease. In 2012, Mather was the first community hospital on Long Island to use advanced scanning technology for computed tomography angiography, or cardiac CTA, which uses non-invasive digital imaging to diagnose coronary artery blockage.

Cardiologist Michael Poon, MD, who is an ancillary staff member of Mather’s Department of Radiology, set up the cardiac CTA procedure with Mather’s Imaging team, headed by William Moore, MD. They also set up a unique remote diagnostic system that allows Poon and his team to supervise the scanning process and view scan results live from wherever they are located and quickly give a diagnosis, usually within an hour of the scan. This process significantly cuts the time needed to determine whether there is some type of coronary artery blockage or a less serious problem.

Mather’s Emergency Department physicians are specially trained to identify patients who would benefit from the test. Mather’s 320-slice CT scanner creates 3-D images of the whole heart in significantly less time than other scanners and with much less radiation exposure.

Mather acquired the CT scanner in 2011 with funding that was secured by Congressman Bishop, a grant from the John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Perpetual Trust, and a donation from the Hospital Auxiliary.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.