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ASHLAND, Ky. – Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S. On average, one American dies every 38 seconds of cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels.

King’s Daughters Medical Center is committed to providing the very best diagnostic and treatment services to patients with cardiovascular disease so we pursue outside certifications and accreditations to ensure we deliver the most advanced care possible.

King’s Daughters cardiac imaging services in Ashland have been granted a three-year term of accreditation in the areas of Adult Transthoracic Echocardiography and Adult Transesophageal Echocardiography by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories.

Accreditation by the ICAEL means that King’s Daughters Heart and Vascular Center, Cardiac Imaging Services has undergone a thorough review of its operational and technical components by a panel of experts.

Echocardiography is one of the most frequently performed diagnostic tests in cardiology today. An echo allows physicians to diagnose life-threatening heart disorders and other diseases using non-invasive ultrasound.

While these tests are very helpful, there are many facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on echocardiography testing. The skill of the echocardiography sonographer 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, according to the ICAEL.

The ICAEL grants accreditation only to those facilities found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case study review.

ICAEL 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 echocardiography.

When scheduled for an echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting icael.org.

ICAEL accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical societies related to echocardiography medicine, which include physicians and sonographers. In addition, several insurance companies require their providers of echocardiography services to be accredited. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited laboratories, because for many, ICAEL accreditation is a voluntary.

For more information about the echocardiography services at King’s Daughters, please visit our website at kdmc.com/heart.

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