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Dr. Stephen A. Bloom of HCA Midwest Health Elected to National American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Board of Directors
 
08/03/2017 08:48 AM

Distinguished cardiologist will serve with other cardiology professionals committed to the science and practice of nuclear cardiology, which plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.

For more information, contact:

Christine Hamele, Associate Vice President, Public Relations & Community Outreach, (913) 208-5566; christine.hamele@hcamidwest.com

Kimberly Winter Stern, HCA Midwest Health News Bureau, (913) 449-4294; kimberlyHCAmidwest@sternwrites.com 

 

KANSAS CITY, MO.—(July 26, 2017)—HCA Midwest Health, Kansas City’s leading healthcare and premier provider of cardiovascular services, announces that Dr. Stephen A. Bloom, M.D., has been elected by his peers to serve on the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Board of Directors. The Board serves a critical role in advancing the field of nuclear cardiology, which plays an integral role in the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease.  Bloom is affiliated with Centerpoint Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center and Research Medical Center and is the director of the Clinical Research Department for Midwest Heart & Vascular Specialists in Overland Park.

 

 “Dr. Bloom is a well-respected nuclear cardiologist in the Kansas City region,” says Dr. Steven Marso, M.D., an interventional cardiologist and Medical Director of Cardiovascular Services at HCA Midwest Health. “His contribution to the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Board of Directors will help ensure that nuclear cardiology studies will continue to play an important role in the noninvasive diagnosis of coronary artery disease, the assessment of the pumping function of the heart and in the prediction of outcomes in patients with heart disease.”

 

“I am humbled to receive this nod from my colleagues and join the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Board of Directors,” says Bloom. “I have been a member since its inception in 1994 and know firsthand the important work that is done for continuous quality improvement, education and patient-centered imaging and improving patient outcomes. To be able to contribute to the field of nuclear cardiology in this way is an honor and a tribute to the work I am able to do every day with my patients in the Kansas City area.”

 

Bloom earned his bachelor's degree from Clark University, graduating magna cum laude, and earned his medical degree from the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine and his fellowship in cardiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and St. Elizabeth's Hospital of Boston. Board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular diseases, nuclear cardiology and cardiovascular computed tomography, Bloom has expertise cardiovascular imaging techniques, including nuclear cardiology, echocardiography, coronary angiography and multi-slice computed tomography. Bloom is the lead investigator of numerous clinical trials and a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a Gold Heart member of the American Heart Association, a fellow of American Society of Nuclear Cardiology and a founding member and fellow of the Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

 

The leading cause of death in the U.S., heart disease, or coronary artery disease, results from narrowing, or constriction, of the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. The blood vessels become narrow when fatty deposits build up inside the arterial wall. As the arteries become clogged, and diseased, the blood flow to the heart muscle is impaired and a heart attack can occur. Nuclear imaging studies use noninvasive techniques to assess blood flow, evaluate the pumping function of the heart, as well as, pinpoint the blockage area. Once a blockage is identified by these noninvasive studies

medical intervention can be used to treat the patient, with precision and accuracy from reading the nuclear imaging results. Therefore, physicians can identify patients at risk before a cardiac event occurs.

 

For more information on HCA Midwest Health and its heart care program, cardiovascular services and experts, visit http://hcamidwest.com/service/heart-care.

 

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About HCA Midwest Health

HCA Midwest Health is the Kansas City area’s leading healthcare provider consisting of seven hospitals, outpatient centers, clinics, physician practices, surgery centers and an array of other services to meet the healthcare needs of the greater Kansas City area. HCA Midwest Health is also one of the area’s largest private sector employers with more than 9,000 employees, the largest provider of charity and uncompensated care, and annually donates more than $1.2 million to local charities. Since April 2003, HCA Midwest Health has invested more than $845 million to enhance and expand patient services and has paid more than $216 million in taxes to local communities. HCA Midwest Health facilities serving the Kansas City area include Belton Regional Medical Center, Centerpoint Medical Center, Lafayette Regional Health Center, Lee's Summit Medical Center, Menorah Medical Center, Overland Park Regional Medical Center, Research Medical Center and Research Psychiatric Center.  Midwest Physicians, which is part of HCA Midwest Health, is a network of experienced, multi-specialty physicians located throughout the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area.  Midwest Physicians currently represents 344 physicians, including 142 primary care providers and 197 specialists with 80 physician practices providing care in 146 locations to serve the community.  The physicians, licensed professionals and support staff who comprise the HCA Midwest Health team are dedicated to improving healthcare in the Greater Kansas City and outlying areas.  For more information, visit hcamidwest.com.

 

About ASNC

The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology ASNC is the recognized leader in quality, education, advocacy and standards in cardiovascular imaging, with nearly 4,000 members worldwide. ASNC is the only society dedicated solely to advocacy issues that impact the field of nuclear cardiology and is working with success to influence regulations to fight onerous private health plan policies -- adverting reimbursement declines and fighting for improved payment and coverage. ASNC is dedicated to continuous quality improvement, education and patient-centered imaging, illustrating the ongoing commitment as a leader in the field of nuclear imaging and improving patient outcomes. ASNC establishes standards for excellence in cardiovascular imaging through the development of clinical guidelines, professional education, advocacy and research development. ASNC’s members are comprised of cardiologists, radiologists, physicians, scientists, technologists, imaging specialists and other professionals committed to the science and practice of nuclear cardiology. www.asnc.org.

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