Now Open Cardiac PET Suite

Now Open Cardiac PET Suite

Now Open: Cardiac PET Suite

Capital Cardiology Associates adds Cardiac PET Exam services to Corporate Woods location

Capital Cardiology Associates continues investment in patient health

Capital Cardiology Associates unveiled the latest cardiac resource this week with the opening of the Cardiac PET Suite in our Corporate Woods location. “This test scan uses the lowest radiation of any cardiac technology that is used to evaluate patients for significant coronary disease,” Capital Cardiology Associates board-certified cardiac physician, Dr. Lance E. Sullenberger stated. “What makes this opening unique is that there was no machine like this between New York City and Syracuse until today.”

The Capital Cardiology Associates Cardiac PET Suite team preps the exam room on opening day.

This test scan uses the lowest radiation of any cardiac technology that is used to evaluate patients for significant coronary disease

-Dr. Lance E. Sullenberger

During the one-hour procedure you’ll lie on a flat table that’s connected to the PET scanner and a computer. The table will slide into the scanner.
The Capital Cardiology Associates Cardiac PET Suite team receiving detailed training instructions.
The Capital Cardiology Associates Cardiac PET installation.

Same day service

PET exams take less than one hour with CCA’s cardiac board-certified medical personnel. “The procedure allows our doctors to review high-quality images of your heart without the need for invasive procedures or higher radiation doses used in other tests,” stated Sullenberger. The PET Suite has been under construction for the past month with staff receiving detailed training for the past few weeks. The suite tested our first patient at 3pm on it’s opening day.

Capital Cardiology Associates Cardiac PET Suite is located on the 1st floor of our Corporate Woods, Albany location. Talk with your doctor to schedule an appointment or receive a referral for treatment.

Written by: Michael Arce, Social Media Specialist, Capital Cardiology Associates. Photo credits: Michael Arce, CCA, 2017.

Run for your life

Run for your life

Run for your life

Runners now live three years longer than non-runners

Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease.

The best (and cheapest) exercise you can do to prolong your life is… running. The findings were published by the journal Progress in Cardiovascular Disease after researchers found that “in general, runners have a 25%-40% reduced risk of premature mortality and live approximately 3 years longer than non-runners.” While running regularly cannot make you immortal, the review says it is more effective at prolonging life than walking, cycling or swimming.

How fast, how often, or even how far you run do not make a huge difference in the benefits either. The data showed novice runners who ran less than 51 minutes, fewer than 6 miles, slower than 6 miles per hour, or only one or two times per week still had a lower risk of dying than those who did not put on running shoes. Consistency though is the key, researchers point to running for more than six years to have the most impact of lowering your risk of heart disease and stroke by 50%.

How to get started

The best way to start an active lifestyle is to start! The Capital Region Run/Walk season unofficially started earlier this month with the CDPHP 2017 Workforce Challenge. The annual run/walk is held at The Plaza in Albany and attracts corporate and office teams. Capital Cardiology Associates’ “Pacemakers” braved the heat and beat the thunderstorm at the end of this year’s event. Capital Cardiology Associates is also proud to be a sponsor of the American Heart Association Heart Walk and Run. The event will take place Saturday, June 3rd at the University of Albany. Learn more and sign up for the event here.

Before you invest too much into shoes, gear, and accessories — try a brisk walk around your neighborhood in broken in sneakers or running shows. When you feel that you can handle more of a challenge, set a goal to start with a brisk walk, working up to a jog for a portion then returning to a brisk walk for a finish. On my neighborhood run, I use mailboxes, traffic signs, and trees as my run and walk goal areas. It is possible to condition your body and mind to go from “the couch to a 5K” — finishing a 3-mile run in 30 minutes with 9 weeks of training. As with all exercise, make sure you speak with your doctor to address any concerns or questions before beginning your training.

Running for life

When the weather is nice, a run is always on my weekend “to-do” list. Nothing brings the feeling of accomplishment out more than the final stride back in the driveway when completing the 3-mile run on my road. I’ve never considered myself a runner, matter of fact, running the mile was one of my LEAST favorite parts of gym in school. As part of my long-term health and fitness goals, getting at least one run in during the week has helped me maintain my weight loss, reduced my cholesterol levels, and I like to think that the open air and sunshine have aided in reducing my stress with some “self-reflecting” quality time. If you are looking to start or want to get out with more runners in the Capital Region, the Albany Running Exchange for local runs, upcoming events, and info on their running club.

Have a great run!

Written by: Michael Arce, Social Media Specialist, Capital Cardiology Associates.

3 Ways To Boost Your Heart Health

3 Ways To Boost Your Heart Health


3 Ways to Boost Your Heart Health
with Fruits and Vegetables

Three healthy tips that taste great

Fruits and vegetables play a key role in heart health. The trick is, how do we get the recommended five servings a day (about two-and-a-half cups) in our daily diet? Better yet, if we could squeeze in 10 servings a day (doubling our intake), we could benefit from a lower risk of cardiovascular diseases by 28% and premature death by 31%, according to a new study published by the International Journal of Epidemiology.

First, let’s target on the power foods highlighted in the findings that offer the greatest nutritional benefits: apples, pears, oranges and other citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables, cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower), and green and yellow vegetables (such as green beans, carrots, and peppers).

Tip 1: Boost Breakfast
Omelets are a great place to add broccoli and peppers. Substitute your chopped veggies for ham and add some mushrooms to give your omelets a savory taste. Apples and oranges are great “grab and go” breakfast items. Fall and Spring are the perfect time of year to throw one in your bag, as you leave for work, to snack on in the office. Swapping that afternoon can of Coke for a juicy pear is one more healthy step to hitting your fruit goal.

Tip 2: Double down on Veggies
Most recipes call for a certain amount of vegetables – double the amount! In soups and salads, adding more than the called for serving will not ruin the recipe. It will add more flavor, pump up your nutritional value, add to your daily vegetable service goal, and give you a meal with more substance. A half-cup​ of chopped vegetables and a whole cup of dark leafy greens is another serving!

Your lunch sandwiches will enjoy a break from a routine. Turkey with cheese tastes so much better with sliced apples, cucumbers, sprouts, and spinach. A half-cup of these add-ons score you another serving toward your goal!

You can pile broccoli and peppers on pizza. Casseroles call for more carrots, cauliflower, and peppers. Puree cooked cauliflower, winter squash, or red peppers can be stirred into sauces, replace mashed potatoes, or add some depth to marinara sauces. In every dish, there is always room to toss in an extra handful of our power veggies.


Tip 3: Make Monday your make-ahead start day
No one wants to come from work on Monday and make dinner. Use the weekend as your time to prep and sneak more fruits and vegetables in your diet. A spring/summer recipe that is popular with Capital Region home cooks is a delicious fig salad that can be prepped in less than fifteen minutes!

Fig, Prosciutto and Burrata Cheese Salad

Fig Burrata Prosciutto Salad
1/4 cup of store-bought fig compost or jam
8 slices of prosciutto (you can roll the prosciutto up and slice it to make it easier to eat)
4 cups of arugula
2 cups quartered fresh figs
8 ounces burrata cheese
Olive oil

Combine the fig compote with 1 tablespoon water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until warm and thinned slightly.

Place two slices of prosciutto on each of four serving plates.

In a medium bowl, toss the arugula with balsamic vinegar and olive oil, to taste. Divide the dressed arugula among the four plates, placing it atop the prosciutto.

Carefully slice the burrata and divide it among the four plates. Scatter the quartered fresh figs among the plates then drizzle each salad with the warmed compote.

Fruits and vegetables contain many healthful nutrients, especially fiber, which seems to help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and improve blood vessel function. Make sure to talk with your doctor for more ideas on how to improve your nutritional health and to answer your questions.

Written by Michael Arce, Marketing Coordinator, Capital Cardiology Associates
Any medical information published on this website is not intended as a substitute for informed medical advice, and you should not take any action before consulting with a healthcare professional.