Car­diac Care Group

Heal­ing hearts, never too early to un­der­stand the warn­ing signs

Cape Coral Living - - Publisher's Letter -

De­spite the loss of its found­ing doc­tor, Car­diac Care Group in Cape Co­ral has tran­si­tioned into a new phase. Dr. Louis Scala died in Au­gust 2016. He had opened the Car­diac Care Group in 2007 af­ter hav­ing com­pleted his res­i­dency at Brown Univer­sity and fel­low­ship at Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Cal­i­for­nia. Scala, who was just 54, was re­garded as mythic, a doc­tor with com­pas­sion and char­ac­ter in an age of man­aged care that gen­er­ally runs pa­tients through the health sys­tem. In­stead, the for­mer New Yorker would lighten the prac­tice with hu­mor and re­lat­able sto­ries and be­come ab­sorbed in con­sul­ta­tions and treat­ments. His busi­ness part­ner, brother-in-law and life­long friend, An­thony Gior­dano, says the un­der­ly­ing goal in

car­di­ol­ogy is to ease the fear and fix the prob­lem. “Lou’s job,” Gior­dano says, “was to keep [pa­tients] out of the hos­pi­tal, he was more of a pre­ven­ta­tive and car­ing doc­tor. He was an amaz­ing man ... big­ger than life. And he ran his busi­ness that way―his prac­tice was his stage." Dr. Joseph Freed­man came to Car­diac Care Group fol­low­ing his pre­de­ces­sor’s pre­ma­ture death as the prac­tice’s sole physi­cian, un­der­stand­ing that he had big shoes to fill. Feed­back from last Au­gust for­ward is that Dr. Freed­man has passed crit­i­cal scru­tiny from pa­tients and the of­fice’s staff of 14, Gior­dano says. Freed­man, an af­fa­ble man who trained at the pres­ti­gious Cleve­land Clinic, is as­sisted in the prac­tice by Kel­ley Pren­tice, an Adult Nurse Prac­ti­tioner who is board cer­ti­fied by the Amer­i­can Academy Nurse Cre­den­tial­ing Cen­ter. The pair spe­cial­ize in the di­ag­no­sis, treat­ment and pre­ven­tion of dis­eases of the heart and vas­cu­lar sys­tem. Car­di­ol­o­gists are es­sen­tial be­cause so many Amer­i­cans are af­fected by heart prob­lems, ac­cord­ing to health sta­tis­tics— 1 in four Amer­i­can deaths is due to heart dis­ease, many of which can be pre­ventable, is­sues that Car­diac Care Group ad­dresses in its con­sul­ta­tions and treat­ment, Gior­dano says. While bed­side man­ner is a bonus, the real is­sue is sur­vival, long term. Freed­man says a first bar­rier in di­ag­nos­ing pos­si­ble heart

The best medicine, of course, is a healthy life­style, but also pre­ven­ta­tive care such as reg­u­lar check­ups, even in our 20s and on­ward.

trou­bles is un­der­stand­ing symp­toms and get­ting to a doc­tor, quickly. You’re look­ing for things such as chest pain/chest dis­com­fort, short­ness of breath, fatigue from ex­er­tion, pal­pi­ta­tions, dizzi­ness/faint­ing, leg swelling/leg pains when walk­ing, he says. The best medicine, of course, is a healthy life­style, but also pre­ven­ta­tive care such as reg­u­lar check­ups, even in our 20s and on­ward, re­searchers in­sist. It’s never too early to un­der­stand the warn­ing signs of a heart at­tack and stroke. Not all vic­tims ex­pe­ri­ence sud­den numb­ness, and symp­toms in women can be dif­fer­ent than men, ac­cord­ing to health ex­perts. Ge­net­ics, of course, are vi­tal in un­der­stand­ing risks. Car­diac Care Group will eval­u­ate and treat vas­cu­lar and heart dis­eases, rec­om­mend fur­ther treat­ment in con­junc­tion with hos­pi­tals and other physi­cians. Ul­ti­mately, Gior­dano says, the goal at Car­diac Care Group is a happy heart.

Dr. Louis Scala co-founded Car­diac Care Group in 2007. The car­di­ol­o­gist trained at Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Los An­ge­les.

Dr. Joseph Freed­man urges reg­u­lar check­ups for keep­ing our car­dio­vas­cu­lar health.

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