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Aspirus achieves vascular testing accreditation

Mar 13, 2013

WAUSAU, Wis. – Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute has been granted a three-year accreditation in vascular testing by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).

Aspirus received accreditation in vascular testing in the areas of Extracranial Cerebrovascular Testing, Peripheral Venous Testing, and Peripheral Arterial Testing –tests that can aid in the early detection of life-threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases.

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the country.

According to the American Heart Association, the total direct and indirect cost of cardiovascular disease and stroke in the U.S. for 2010 was an estimated $503.2 billion.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders, stroke and other diseases is possible through the use of vascular testing procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices.

While the various vascular tests are helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis. The skill of the technologist performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Accreditation by the IAC means that Aspirus Heart & Vascular Institute has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of vascular testing.