Code of Conduct

Cardiology

Hudson Valley Hospital Center's cardiac programs, which focus on managing, educating, and preventing heart disease, have been ranked by a national registry as a best practice hospital in several of the performance standards as defined by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association standards.

From stress testing to pinpointing heart problems with our new state-of-the-art CT scanner, Hudson Valley Hospital Center is providing quality care for the diagnosis and treatment of heart disease. In addition, echocardiograms, EKG, Holter monitoring, and cardiac marker lab testing help our board certified cardiologists to quickly and accurately make life-saving diagnoses.

Our cardiac rehabilitation program begins in the hospital. The outpatient program will last approximately 12 weeks. Exercise sessions include using state-of-the-art equipment including: treadmills, airdyne stationary bikes, rowing machines, upper body cycle, and strength training equipment. During each session heart rhythm, blood pressure and heart rate are closely monitored.

Signs of a Heart Attack

Heart disease is one of the top killers of men and women. Heart attack warning signs:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (arms, back, neck, jaw, stomach)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other - cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness

 

Minutes Matter

Treatment can stop a heart attack in its tracks. Clot-busting drugs and other artery-opening treatments work best to stop a heart attack if given within one hour of the start of symptoms. If you or someone else is having heart attack warning signs: Call 9-1-1. Don't wait more than a few minutes - five minutes at most - to call 9-1-1. If symptoms stop completely in less than five minutes, you should still call your health care provider.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center has Therapeutic Hypothermia Protocol for cardiac patients. Patients who have been resuscitated after cardiac arrest but are still in a coma, have better outcomes when they are cooled down rapidly. Our physicians are able to start the cooling process in the Emergency Department, and then the process is continued with a specialized cooling apparatus. 

Building a Heart Safe Community

Heart disease is this nation's #1 killer and will be far into the future. The chance of surviving a heart attack or cardiac arrest, though, shouldn't depend on where it happens.

What's the easiest way to save more of the 1,000 Americans who suffer a serious cardiac event each day? Bring the care to the patient, not the other way around. And the best care comes from new, easy-to-use automated external defibrillators (AED's) that can travel anywhere and be used effectively by trained citizens. The devices are revolutionizing how quickly people get treated for, and survive, life-threatening heart problems.

Hudson Valley Hospital Center has placed AED's in key locations in the community and provided training for staff in those locations.

Nutrition

Good nutrition is important for preventing heart disease and stroke. Healthy food habits help maintain normal blood pressure, desirable blood cholesterol levels and a healthy body weight. High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and excess body weight are the results of poor food choices.

The American Heart Association recommends a diet low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. Heart-healthy foods include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, and dietary fiber.

 

Cardiothoracic Surgery

 

Patients in Northern Westchester region now have access to state of the art, minimally invasive chest surgery, the result of a new clinical affiliation between Hudson Valley Hospital Center and New York University Medical Center.

 

Drs. Michael Zervos, Elias Zias, and Costas Bizekis are experts in the treatment of conditions affecting the chest cavity and are on staff at Hudson Valley Hospital Center. Their specialties include: General thoracic surgery, including thoracic oncology, minimally invasive thoravideo- assisted thorascopy, esophageal surgery, chest-wall surgery, and thoracic exposure with open and thorascopic approach.

Their offices are located at 1985 Crompond Rd., Cortlandt Manor For physician appointments, call 212-263-8034 or 914-714-2803.  

 

Meet our cardiothoracic surgeons  

Dr. Elias Zias received his medical degree from New York Medical College and then completed his internship at the Westchester Medical Center. After serving as Chief Resident in General Surgery at Westchester Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, and then a second fellowship in Cardiovascular Thoracic Surgery at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Zias hold board certification from the American Board of Surgery as well as the American Board of Thoracic Surgery. Dr. Zias is currently a Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery at NYU Langone Medical center. He has held numerous academic appointments at such prestigious institutions as Northwestern University, the Children’s Memorial Hospital, and New York Medical College. He continues to perform medical research, lecture to his colleagues and is often featured in the press. A recognized expert in the field of cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Zias has perfected the latest technology of minimally invasive procedures which translates to greater precision during surgery, less stress on the patient, and faster healing times. Together with his technical skill, his warm bedside manner, and his professional and knowledgeable staff, Dr. Zias will ease the fear, stress, and anxiety people experience with the reality of heart surgery.

Dr. Costas Bizekis earned his medical degree and completed his residency and fellowships at NYU Langone Medical Center.  Dr. Bizekis also completed 1 year of training in minimally invasive thoracic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. There, he was intimately involved in the treatment of benign and malignant esophageal disease, and developed significant experience in all aspects of esophageal disease management including bronchoscopic, endoscopic, thoracoscopic and laparoscopic techniques. His primary areas of interest include minimally invasive management of esophageal cancer, achalasia and reflux disease. This includes the endoscopic use of stents and photodynamic therapy for the treatment of esophageal cancer as well as Barrett’s esophagus. He has utilized radiofrequency ablation techniques to treat lung cancer, and has recently begun utilizing this form of energy to treat patients with Barrett’s esophagus.

Dr. Michael Zervos’ medical degree is from the University of Crete Medical School, both his residency and fellowships were done at New York University Medical Center. Dr. Michael Zervos's clinical interests include all aspects of thoracic oncology including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, and chest wall tumors. He has particular interest and expertise in all diseases affecting the trachea and bronchi including benign and malignant processes. He has applied various forms of treatments for tracheal diseases including surgical resection and explores other possibilities such as photodynamic therapy, laser and stenting. Dr. Zervos has given multiple lectures on the treatment and palliation using airway stents and the various therapies to relieve airway obstruction. His other areas of interest include lung resection with minimally invasive approaches, alternatives to treatment of recurrent malignant effusion, and VATS for resection of mediastinal tumors.