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Cardiac Service Receives National Accreditation

Columbus -   Columbus Regional Hospital was recently recognized as an Accredited Echocardiography Laboratory by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

Accreditation signifies that the hospital has been reviewed by an independent agency which recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of heart disease. ICAEL commended Columbus Regional Hospital for its high quality patient care and its provision of high quality diagnostic cardiac testing.

Cardiac structure and flow information provided by echocardiographic testing is useful in the detection and management of many types of heart disease. The noninvasive test has become one of the standard diagnostic tools in cardiology with an estimated 10 million echocardiograms performed annually in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

ICAEL was established, with support from the American Society of Echocardiography, the American College of Cardiology, and the Society of Pediatric Echocardiography, to recognize the provision of quality echocardiographic diagnostic evaluations by a process of voluntary accreditation.

The Heart & Vascular Center at Columbus Regional Hospital offers comprehensive heart and vascular services including interventional cardiology and open heart surgery. In addition to echocardiography, the center offers other non-invasive cardiac testing such as EKG, Holter monitoring, nuclear cardiology stress testing and vascular screening.

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