Providence to Offer Heart and Vascular Screening on Feb. 22

KANSAS CITY, KAN. (Feb. 11, 2014) – Providence Medical Center is offering a comprehensive heart assessment for $50 at Providence Medical Center, 8929 Parallel Parkway, on Saturday, Feb. 22. Appointments for the screenings are being reserved from 8 a.m. to Noon. and can be scheduled by calling 913-596-3339. The screening will occur in the Providence Radiology department on the first floor of the hospital..

The $50, comprehensive assessment will include: •Ankle brachial index (ABI) for peripheral vascular disease* or AAA/Carotid (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm/Carotid) Screening* and •Blood pressure •Echocardiogram •BodyMass Index (BMI) •ECG/electrocardiogram

*At the time of registration callers will be screened to receive either a ABI or AAA/Carotid screening. Pre-registration is required and there is a limited availability of appointments for ABI and for AAA/Carotid . In addition, all participants will receive gift card for a reduced rate CardioScan provided at Providence Medical Imaging (KCIC) location.

These tests will give patients a good baseline for understanding their heart and vascular health and may identify certain types of heart disease. “Heart disease is the number one killer of men and women in the United States,” says Maria Javaid, M.D., F.A.C.C., cardiologist. “Having these screenings will give patients an opportunity to assess their heart and vascular health in ways they may not have thought they needed and provide them with potentially life-improving information.”

Technicians, as well as Dr. Javaid will be on site to administer the tests. Patients will also receive materials to more fully educate them on risks, symptoms and treatment for heart disease.

The physicians who care for Providence and Saint John patients include board-certified cardiologists Maria Javaid, M.D., Donald McSweyn, M.D., Venkat R. Pasnoori, M.D, and Julian Nunez, M.D. The doctors see patients in the Providence and Saint John Emergency Services departments, as well as those on the hospital’s medical/surgical and intensive care units. They also can expedite treatment for patients experiencing a life-threatening type of heart attack called a STEMI, getting them to the closest Accredited Chest Pain Center (which is Providence) for immediate care.

About the Providence Medical Group Cardiologists:

Maria Javaid, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a board-certified cardiologist who joined Providence in 2009. She performs cardiac catheterization, balloon angioplasty, stenting and also treats peripheral vascular disease. Her educational background includes a fellowship in interventional cardiology with St. John’s Providence Hospital, Southfield, Mich., where she received clinical training in cardiac, carotid and peripheral treatments. She performed a fellowship in cardiology at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, N.Y., where she also completed her residency.

Donald J. McSweyn, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P., F.S.C.A.I., joined Providence in 2010. He received a bachelor's degree magna cum laude from Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan. He earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kan., and where he completed his internship and medical residency. He completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. and an interventional cardiology fellowship at the Mid-America Heart Institute, Kansas City, Mo.

Julian J. Nunez, M.D., F.A.C.C., is a general invasive cardiologist who performs diagnostic catheterizations and implants pacemakers and implantable defibrillators. He joined Providence this summer, but has practiced in Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties for several years. He is board certified and performed a fellowship in cardiovascular disease with the University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kan., where he also completed his residency and internship. He received his medical degree from the Universidad Central del Este, San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic; and his bachelor’s degree from Baker University, Baldwin City, Kan. Dr. Nunez is fluent in both English and Spanish.

Venkat R. Pasnoori, M.D, F.A.C.C., offers treatment for the hospitals’ heart patients with a special interest in women's health. He completed an interventional cardiology fellowship at Boston University Medical Center , Boston , Mass., a cardiology fellowship with the University of Louisville, Ken., internal medicine residency with Henry Ford Hospital ,Detroit , Mich., and medical school with Osmania Medical College , Hyderabad , India. He also holds a master’s degree in public health from the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wis.

The cardiologists have offices on the Providence and Saint John campuses. Patients can schedule an appointment by calling 913-596-7224.

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