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Welcome to the Cardiac Fitness Center of St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center - the only hospital-based program of its kind on Long Island.


The center is located on the park-like grounds of The DeMatteis Center for Cardiac Research and Education in Greenvale.


Located just off Northern Boulevard, its serene setting offers plenty of convenient and accessible parking.


Our popular fitness center enjoys more than 60,000 visits a year and recently celebrated its 30th anniversary.


Visitors are greeted by our friendly staff to make sure every exercise session feels like a welcome visit.


All of our cardiac fitness programs are medically supervised by a doctor, registered nurses and other healthcare professionals, who are always on site.


Our award-winning center is equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment.


The workout circuit includes bicycles, treadmills, weight lifting stations and an indoor walking track.


All patients are prescreened for an appropriate fitness plan to ensure all of their cardiac needs are met.


Everyone is continually monitored for their progress by our highly dedicated staff.


For more information on how you can step up to better health and how we can help, call (516) 629-2040.

Publications and Presentations

Manuscript Publications 2014

Barasch, Eddy, Kahn, J, Petillo, Florentina, Pollack, Simcha, Rhee, PD, Reichek, Nathaniel: Absence of left ventricular hypertrophy in severe isolated aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular systolic function; J Heart Valve Dis. 2014 Jan;23(1):1-8

Barasch, Eddy, Petillo, Florentina, Pollack, Simcha, Rhee, P, Stovold, W, Reichek, Nathaniel: Clinical and Echocardiographic Correlates of Mortality in Medically Treated Patients with Severe Isolated Aortic Stenosis and Normal Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction; Circulation Journal 2014;78(1):232

Agarwal, I, Glazer, NL, Barasch, Eddy, Biggs, ML, Djousse, L, Fitzpatrick, AL, Gottdiener, JS, Ix, JH, Kizer, JR, Rimm, EB, Siscovick, DS, Tracy, RP, Zieman, SJ, Mukamal, KJ.: Fibrosis-related Biomarkers and Risk of Total and Cause-Specific Mortality; The Cardiovascular Health Study; Accepted for publication in the American Journal of Epidemiology (2/2014)

Criqui, MH, Denenberg, JO, McClelland, R, Allison, MA, Ix, JH, Guerci, Alan, Cohoon, KP, Srikanthan, P, Watson, KE, Wong, ND: Abdominal Aortic Calcium, Coronary Artery Calcium, and Cardiovascular Morbidity and Mortality in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis; Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2014 May 8. [Epub ahead of print]

Zoltan, AP, Walker, CM, Wang, Lin: A 40-Year-Old Woman with Dyspnea and Hypoxemia Post-Partum. Accepted, N Engl J Med 2014 July 17

Van Tosh, Andy, Reichek, Nathaniel, Phippen-Nater, B, Palestro, C, Nichols, Ken J: Consistency of myocardial mass computations as a quality control check on rest and stress left ventricular ejection fractions computed from 82Rb PET data; Clin Nucl Med, Accepted for Publication 2014

Chambers, JW, Feldman, RL, Himmelstein, SI, Bhatheja, R, Villa, AE, Strickman, NE, Shlofmitz, Richard A, Dulas, DD, Arab, D, Khanna, PK, Lee, AC, Ghali, MG, Shah, RR, Davis, TP, Kim, CY, Tai, Z, Patel, KC, Puma, JA, Makam, P, Bertolet, BD, Nseir, GY.: Pivotal Trial to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of the Orbital Atherectomy System in Treating De Novo, Severely Calcified Coronary Lesions; (ORBIT II), JACC Cardiovasc Interv, 2014 May;7(5):510-8

Adams, DH, Popma, JJ, Reardon, MJ, Yakubov, SJ, Coselli, JS, Deeb, GM, Gleason, TG, Buchbinder, M, Hermiller, J Jr, Kleiman, NS, Chetcuti, S, Heiser, J, Merhi, W, Zorn, G, Tadros, P, Robinson, Newell, Petrossian, George, Hughes, GC, Harrison, JK, Conte, J, Maini, B, Mumtaz, M, Chenoweth, S, Oh, JK: U.S. CoreValve Clinical Investigators Transcatheter aortic-valve replacement with a self-expanding prosthesis; N Engl J Med; 2014 May 8; 370(19):1790-8

Kosmas, Constantine E., Christodoulidis, Georgios, Cheng, Jeh-wei, Vittorio, Timothy J., Lerakis, Stamatios: High-Density Lipoprotein Functionality in Coronary Artery Disease; Am J Med Sci 2014; 347(6):504-508

Vittorio, Timothy J., Fudim, Marat, Wagman, Gabriel, Kosmas, Constantine E.: Alpha-1 Adrenoceptor--Angiotensin II Type 1 Receptor Cross-Talk and its Relevance in Clinical Medicine; Cardiol Rev 2014; 22(2):51-55

Kosmas, Constantine E., Alkhawam, Hassan, El-Hunjul, Mohammed, Wagman, Gabriel, Kahn, Mark R., Grady, Kathleen M., Vittorio, Timothy J: Statin-Mediated Low-Density Lipoprotein Lowering in Chronic Congestive Heart Failure; Am J Med Sci 2014;347(1):14-22

Akhabue, Ehimare, Thiboutot, Jeffrey, Cheng, Jeh-wei, Vittorio, Timothy J., Christodoulidis, Georgios, Grady, Kathleen M., Lerakis, Stamatios, Kosmas, Constantine E.: New and Emerging Risk Factor for Coronary Heart Disease; Am J Med Sci 2014;347(2):151-158

Vittorio, Timothy J., Fudim, Marat, Lerakis, Stamatios, Kosmas, Constantine E., Christodoulidis, Georgios: Inflammation in Coronary Artery Disease; Cardiol Rev 2014; Jan 15

Reichek, Nathaniel: Meta-analysis of MACE in MI: What’s the MO?; Editorial Comment JACC Imaging, August 2014

Reichek, Nathaniel: Cor Pulmonale Parvus: Patting the Elephant Editorial Comment in press; Journal of the American College of Cardiology, July 2014

Romero, Jorge, Cao, Jie J., Garcia, Mario J., Taub, Cynthia C.: Cardiac imaging for assessment of left atrial appendage stasis and thrombosis; Nature Cardiology Review; Published online; 10 June 2014 | doi:10.1038/nrcardio.2014.77

Zheng, Haoyi, Kobrinsky, Boris, Katz, Stuart, Speyer, James: Cardiac Effects of Cancer Therapy; Abeloff’s Clinical Oncology; Elsevier Publishing. 2014

Kosmas, Constantine E., Christodoulidis, Georgios, Cheng, Jeh-wei, Vittorio, Timothy J., Lerakis, Stamatios: High-Density Lipoprotein Functionality in Coronary Artery Disease; Am J Med Sci 2014;347(6):504-508

Romero, Jorge, Cao, Jie J., Garcia, Mario J., Taub, Cynthia C.: Cardiac imaging for assessment of left atrial appendage stasis and thrombosis; Nature Cardiology Review. Published online: 10 June 2014 | doi:10.1038/nrcardio.2014.77

Van Tosh, Andrew, Reichek, Nathaniel, Phippen-Nater, B, Palestro, CJ, Nichols Kenneth J: Consistency of myocardial mass computations as a quality control check on rest and stress left ventricular ejection fractions computed from (82)Rb PET data; Clin Nucl Med. 2014 Jul

Barasch, Eddy, Kahn, J, Petillo, Florentina, Pollack, Simcha, Rhee, PD, Reichek, Nathaniel: Absence of left ventricular hypertrophy in severe isolated aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular systolic function;J Heart Valve Dis. 2014 Jan

Reardon, MJ1, Adams, DH2, Coselli, JS3, Deeb, GM4, Kleiman, NS5, Chetcuti, S4, Yakubov, SJ6, Heimansohn, D7, Hermiller, J Jr7, Hughes, GC8, Harrison, JK8, Khabbaz, K9, Tadros, P10, Zorn, GL 3rd10, Merhi, W11, Heiser, J11, Petrossian, G12, Robinson, N12, Maini, B13, Mumtaz, M13, Lee, JS14, Gleason, TG14, Resar, J15,Conte, J15, Watson, D6, Chenoweth, S16, Popma, JJ9; Self-expanding transcatheter aortic valve replacement using alternative access sites in symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis deemed extreme risk of surgery; CoreValve US Clinical Investigators.

Agarwal, I, Arnold, A, Glazer, NL, Barasch, Eddy, Djousse, L, Fitzpatrick, AL, Gottdiener, JS, Ix, JH, Jensen, RA, Kizer, JR, Rimm, EB, Siscovick, DS, Tracy, RP, Wong, TY, Mukamal KJ.: Fibrosis-related biomarkers and large and small vessel disease: the Cardiovascular Health Study. Atherosclerosis 2015 Apr; 239(2):539-46. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2015.02.020. Epub 2015 Feb 16. PMID :25725316

Agarwal, I, Glazer, NL, Barasch, Eddy, Biggs, ML, Djousse, L, Fitzpatrick, AL, Gottdiener, JS, Ix, JH, Kizer, JR, Rimm, EB, Sicovick, DS, Tracy, RP, Mukamal, KJ: Fibrosis-related biomarkers and incident cardiovascular disease in older adults: the cardiovascular health study; Circ Arrhythm Electrophysiol. 2014 Aug; 7(4):583-9. doi: 10.1161/CIRCEP.114.001610. Epub 2014 Jun 24. PMID: 24963008

Barasch, Eddy, Kahn, J, Petillo Florentina, Pollack, Simcha, Rhee, PD, Reichek, Nathaniel: Absence of Left Ventricular Hypertrophy in severe isolated aortic stenosis and preserved left Ventricular Systolic Function; J Heart Valve Dis. 2014 Jan; 23(1):1-8; PMID: 24779322

Agarwal, I, Glazer, NL, Barasch, Eddy, Biggs, ML, Djoussé, L, Fitzpatrick, AL, Gottdiener, JS, Ix, JH, Kizer, JR, Rimm, EB, Siscovick, DS, Tracy, RP, Zieman, SJ, Mukamal, KJ: Fibrosis-related biomarkers and risk of total and cause-specific mortality: the cardiovascular health study; Am J Epidemiol 2014 Jun 1; 179(11):1331-9. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwu067; Epub 2014 Apr 25. PMID: 24771724

Barasch, Eddy, Petillo, Florentina, Pollack, Simcha, Rhee, PD, Stovold, W, Reichek, Nathaniel: Clinical and echocardiographic correlates of mortality in medically treated patients with severe isolated aortic stenosis and normal left ventricular ejection fraction; Circ J. 2014; 78(1):232-9; Epub 2013 Oct 30; PMID: 24172078

Bansal, M, Singh, S, Maheshwari, P, Adams, D, McCulloch, ML, Dada, T, Sengupta, SP, Kasliwal, RR, Pellikka, PA, Sengupta, PP, VISION-in-Tele-Echo Study Investigators: Value of interactive scanning for improving the outcome of new-learners in transcontinental tele-echocardiography (VISION-in-Tele-Echo) study; J Am Soc Echocardiogr 2015 Jan; 28(1):75-87. doi: 10.1016/j.echo.2014.09.001. Epub 2014 Oct 8

Mohammed, SF, Hussain, I, Abou Ezzeddine, OF, Takahama, H, Kwon, Susan H, Forfia, P, Roger, VL, Redfield, MM: Right ventricular function in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: a community-based study; Circulation 2014 Dec 23; 130(25):2310-20. doi: 10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.113.008461; Epub 2014 Nov 12

Van Tosh, Andrew, Reichek, Nathaniel, Phippen-Nater, B, Palestro, CJ, Nichols, Kenneth J: Consistency of myocardial mass computations as a quality control check on rest and stress left ventricular ejection fractions computed from (82)Rb PET data; Clin Nucl Med. 2014 Jul; 39(7):593-7. doi: 10.1097/RLU.0000000000000469. PMID: 24873785

Reichek Nathaniel: Cor pulmonale parvus: patting the elephant; J Am Coll Cardiol 2014 Nov 11; 64(19):2010-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jacc.2014.09.006; Epub 2014 Nov 3; No abstract available; PMID: 25440096

Reichek, Nathaniel; Meta-analysis of MACE in MI: what's the MO?; JACC Cardiovasc Imaging 2014 Sep; 7(9):953-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jcmg.2014.07.005; No abstract available; PMID: 25212801

O'Donoghue, ML, Braunwald, E, White, HD, Lukas, MA, Tarka, E, Steg, PG, Hochman, JS, Bode, C, Maggioni, AP, Im, K, Shannon, JB, Davies, RY, Murphy, SA, Crugnale, SE, Wiviott, SD, Bonaca, MP, Watson, DF, Weaver, WD, Serruys, PW, Cannon, CP, SOLID-TIMI 52 Investigators, Steen, DL: Effect of darapladib on major coronary events after an acute coronary syndrome: the SOLID-TIMI 52 randomized clinical trial; JAMA. 2014 Sep 10; 312(10):1006-15. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.11061. Erratum in: JAMA. 2014 Oct 8; 312(14):1473. Dylan P. Steen [corrected to Dylan L. Steen]; PMID: 25173516

Nichols, Kenneth J, Tronco, GG, Palestro CJ: Effect of reconstruction algorithms on the accuracy of (99m)Tc sestamibi SPECT/CT parathyroid imaging; Am J Nucl Med Mol Imaging 2015 Jan 15; 5(2):195-203; eCollection 2015; PMID:25973340

Nichols, Kenneth J., Van Tosh, Andrew: Utility of Reprojected Tomograms; J Nucl Cardiol 2014 Oct; 21(5):954-7. doi: 10.1007/s12350-014-9948-7. Epub 2014 Jul 26; No abstract available. PMID: 25063214

Yoon, Andrew J, Moschetto, Anthony, Cao, Jie J: Sinus of Valsalva Aneurysm by Magnetic Resonance Imaging.; International Journal of Clinical and Medical Imaging 2014, 1(7)

Abstracts Presented and Published 2014

Merchant, Tazim; Reichek, Nathaniel; Janosevic, Danielle; Jayam, Meghana; Kadiyala, Madhavi; Pollack, Simcha; Cao, Jie J: Myocardial Contractility Indices Based On Strain Imaging Presented, SCMR 2014 New Orleans, LA

Reichek, Nathaniel; Janosevic, Danielle; Jayam, Meghana; Merchant, Tazim; Kadiyala, Madhavi; Pollack, Simcha; Cao, Jie J: Afterload Quantitation for Evaluation of Myocardial Strain; Presented, SCMR 2014 New Orleans, LA

Cao, Jie J, Duncanson, Lynette J, Passick, Michael, Cheng, Joshua Y, Halloran, Kathy: Association of increased extracellular volume expansion with elevated left ventricular end diastolic pressure in patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy; Presented, SCMR 2014 New Orleans, LA Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2014, 16(Suppl 1):P316 (16 January 2014)

Kabbli, Gangadhara, Duncanson, Lynette, Passick, Michael, Cheng, Joshua, Halloran, Kathy, McLaughlin, Jeannette, Cao, Jie J: Comparisons of myocardial strain and strain rate in patients with heart failure with preserved and reduced ejection fraction using Feature Tracking of cine MR images; Presented, SCMR 2014 New Orleans, LA Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2014, 16(Suppl 1):P300 (16 January 2014)

Cheng, Joshua Y, Cao, Jie J, Halloran, Kathy: Feasibility of performing in-scanner exercise testing and assessing myocardial mechanical reserve in normal volunteers and in patients with cardiomyopathy; Presented, SCMR 2014 New Orleans, LA Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance2014,16(Suppl1):P255 1 January 2014)

Choudhary, Naila, Kabbli, Gangadhara, Duncanson, Lynette, Passick, Michael, Halloran, Kathy, Cao, Jie J: Comparison of myocardial mechanical properties in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy with and without acute heart failure; Presented, SCMR 2014 New Orleans, LA Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2014, 16(Suppl 1):P239 (16 January 2014)

Tang, Yongpeng, Passick, Michael, Cao, Jie J, Wang, Yi: Towards automated evaluation of left atrial transit time; Presented, SCMR 2014 New Orleans, LA Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance 2014, 16(Suppl 1):P36 (16 January 2014)

Goldfarb, Jim W, Hasan, U.: Improved Susceptibility-Weighted Imaging of Reperfusion Intramyocardial Hemorrhage with Multiple-echo Image Combination; Poster presentation at the 22nd meeting of the ISMRM, Milan, Italy, 2014, p3290

Goldfarb, Jim W, Zhao, W.: Myocardial Infarction Alters Dynamic Contrast Enhancement (DCE) Curve Shapes as well as Peak Enhancement: A Study using Plots of Myocardial vs. Blood Longitudinal Relaxation Rates; Poster presentation at the 22nd meeting of the ISMRM, Milan, Italy, 2014, p3231

Goldfarb, Jim W, Zhao, W: Transcytolemmal Water-Exchange Slows in Infarcted Myocardium; Poster presentation at the 22nd meeting of the ISMRM, Milan, Italy, 2014, p3975

Wang,Yi, Cheng, Yang, Roth, Marguerite: Aorta Stiffness Evaluation in 291 Normal Studies; Poster presentation at the 22nd meeting of the ISMRM, Milan, Italy, 2014

Van Tosh Andrew, Reichek, Nathaniel, Palestro CJ, Nichols Ken. Resting Coronary Vascular Resistance on 82Rb PET MPI Predicts Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction Response to Pharmacologic Stress. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, St. Louis, Missouri. June 2014

Van Tosh Andrew, Reichek Nathaniel, Palestro CJ, Nichols Ken. Effect of Outflow Tract Sampling Contamination on the Calculation of Coronary Flow Reserve by 82Rb PET. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. St. Louis Missouri. June 2014

Van Tosh Andrew, Reichek Nathaniel, Palestro CJ, Nichols Ken. Technical Limitations of 82Rb PET LV Function Computations. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. St. Louis, Missouri. June 2014

Devabhaktuni, Srikala, Van Tosh, Andrew, Kadiyala, Madhavi: Diastolic dysfunction and Cardiac Amyloidosis: Role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in the routine evaluation of unexplained diastolic dysfunction. J Am Coll Cardio. 2014;63(12_S)

Barasch, Eddy, Alexandru, D, Pollack, S, Petillo, F, Grgas, M, Reichek, N, Anagnostopoulos, A: The magnitude of aortic valve calcification does not affect the mid-term survival of patients undergoing aortic valve replacement for severe isolated aortic stenosis. To be presented, European Society of Cardiology, 8/30-9/3 2014

Barasch, Eddy, Alexandru, D, Pollack, S, Petillo, F, Grgas, M, Reichek, Nathaniel, Anagnostopoulos, A: The association between aortic valve weight and echocardiographic indices of aortic stenosis severity in 465 patients with isolated aortic stenosis and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. To be presented at European Society of Cardiology, 8/30-9//314

Cao, Jie J, St Francis Hosp, Roslyn, NY; Schelbert, Erik B, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA; Aspelund, Thor, Icelandic Heart Association, Reykjavik, NY; Kellman, Peter, NIH, Bethesda, MD; Thorgeirsson, Gudmundur, Sigurdsson, Sigurdur, Eiriksdottir, Gudny, Icelandic Heart Association, Reykjavik, Iceland; Launer, Lenore J, Harris, Tamara B, NIH, Bethesda, MD; Gudnason, Vilmundur, Icelandic Heart Association, Reykjavik, Iceland; Arai, Andrew E, NIH, Bethesda, MD: Older Adults with unrecognized Myocardial Infarction have Increased Risk of Heart Failure

Cao, Jie J, Halloran, Kathy, Cheng, Joshua, Passick, Michael, Ngai, Nora, St Francis Hosp, Roslyn, NY: Adverse Cardiac And Pulmonary Vascular Change In Patients With Subclinical And Clinical COPD, St. Francis Hospital, Roslyn, NY

Choudhary, Naila, Duncanson, Lynette, Toole, Rena, Barasch, Eddy, Cao, Jie J:

Saint Francis Hospital, Roslyn NY: Association of myocardial T1 relaxation properties with left ventricular diastolic function and hemodynamic change in ambulatory stable patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy

Saha, Samir K, Toole, Rena S, Kiotsekoglou, Anatoli, Cao, Jie J, Reichek, Nathaniel, Gopal, Aasha: Relative Merits of Ejection Fraction and Strain by 2D Echo, 3D Echo and Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Image-Based Recognition of Heart Failure; Accepted for presentation, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Il Monday, November 17, 2014

Waheed, Salman, Pollack, Simcha, Roth, Marguerite, Reichek, Nathaniel, Guerci, Alan, Cao, Jie J: Conventional Cardiovascular Risk Modifies Clinical Outcomes Among Subjects With Elevated Coronary Artery Calcium Score With and Without Statin Therapy: Post Hoc Analysis From the St Francis Heart Study. Accepted for presentation, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Il Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wang, Lin, Koss, Elana, Rapelje, Kathleen, Kampfer, Stephanie, Meng, Hong, Reichek, Nathaniel, Levine, Joseph, Kadiyala, Madhavi, Cao, Jie J: Excellent Negative Predictive Value of Pulmonary Vein CT angiogram in detecting left atrial appendage stasis and thrombus in a large clinical cohort; Accepted for presentation, American Heart Association Scientific Sessions, Chicago, Il November 15-18, 2014

Gopal, AS, Saha, SK, Tooke, RS, Kiotsekoglou, A, Cao, Jane Jie, Reichek, N: Relative merits of ejection fraction and strain by 2D echo, 3D echo and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging for identification of heart failure. To be presented at EuroEcho meeting. December 2014

Gopal, AS, Saha, SK, Toole, RS, Kiotsekoglou, A, Cao, Jane Jie, Reichek, N: Value of 3D speckle tracking obtained principal tangential strain as a univariate predictor of elevated NT-proBNP in heart failure; To be presented at EuroEcho meeting. December 2014

Van Tosh, Andrew, Reichek, Nathaniel, Palestro, C. J, Nichols, Ken: Feasibility of Obtaining Right Ventricular Phase Measurements from Gated Blood Pool 82Rb PET/CT Data; Accepted for presentation at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Meeting, Sept. 2014 Boston, MA

Van Tosh, Andrew, Reichek, Nathaniel, Palestro, C. J., Nichols, Ken: Association of Left Ventricular Asynchrony with Coronary Vascular Resistance Measurements Obtained from 82Rb PET/CT Data; Accepted for presentation at the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology Meeting, Sept. 2014 Boston, MA