Cedars-Sinai Tip Sheet For Dec. 21

December 21, 1998

"HEART WATCH" CORONARY CALCIUM SCAN OFFERS MOST ACCURATE METHOD AVAILABLE FOR DETECTING HEART DISEASE EARLY
Heart Watch, a new cardiac program that features a coronary calcium scan, is now part of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's arsenal in the war on heart disease. This high-tech weapon, made by Imatron, Inc., is a C-150 Ultrafast CT Scanner. Also known as an Electron Beam CT or EBCT, this highly advanced CT scanner has no moving parts, uses an electron gun with a sweeping beam, and is able to detect very small amounts of calcium in artery walls. "What this means," says Daniel Berman, M.D., Chief of Cardiac Imaging in the Department of Imaging at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Director of the Heart Watch Program, "is that patients who are at risk for coronary heart disease -- the number one cause of death in both men and women in America -- can now be identified much earlier. And that means that treatment planning, lifestyle changes, and other interventions can begin much earlier -- when they are most effective." Interviews: Daniel Berman, M.D., Chief of Cardiac Imaging in the Department of Imaging

NEW MURAL ADDS TO MEDICAL CENTER'S ART COLLECTION, DEPICTS JEWISH CONTRIBUTIONS TO MEDICINE
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's new mural, "Jewish Contributions to Medicine," makes an important addition to the medical center's art collection -- and to Jewish medical history. The 12-foot x 71-foot mural will become part of the medical center's extensive art collection -- the largest of its kind in the country. A dedication ceremony is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 2, 1999.

DESPITE BENEFITS OF AUTOPSY, RATES HAVE DROPPED NEARLY 50 PERCENT
Despite the benefits of autopsy -- including better information on cause of death, efficacy of treatment and undiagnosed disease -- the U.S. autopsy rate has dropped from nearly 50 percent during the post World War II years to an estimated fewer than 10 percent today. According to Stephen A. Geller, M.D., Chair of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Pathology and Laboratory, autopsy can serve as an important tool for quality assurance as well as function as a measure of the appropriateness of therapies and their subsequent effect on the patient. Interviews: Stephen A. Geller, M.D., Chair, Department of Pathology and Laboratory

AMERICAN PARKINSON DISEASE ASSOCIATION INFORMATION AND REFERRAL CENTER OPENS AT CEDARS-SINAI
The American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) Information and Referral Center has opened at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to assist individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, including their families and caregivers. Services are free of charge and include a wide range of information and support to help understand the disease and maintain quality of life. Interviews: Stefan-M. Pulst, M.D., Director, Division of Neurology, and the Carmen and Louis Warschaw Chair in Neurology.

FETCH, FIDO: INNOVATIVE PET THERAPY PROGRAMS INTEGRATE DOGS INTO PHYSICAL THERAPY, REHAB, MORE
A pink pawprint on the door of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center patient rooms indicates that the patient inside will soon be visited by a furry, four-legged "therapist." The dogs are part of two successful pet therapy programs which are based on the premise that some patients heal significantly faster and better if they are visited by a friendly animal. Interviews: Barbara Cowen, L.C.S.W.; John Young, VMD, MS, Director of Comparative Medicine
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