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North Suffolk Cardiology Launches Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) Program

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New Cardiac Rehabilitation Program Offers a Range of Cardiac Wellness Methods to Positively Impact Patient Outcomes

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Inside look at North Suffolk Cardiology’s Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation (ICR) Program

East Setauket, New York, January 17, 2024 – North Suffolk Cardiology, a practice of Stony Brook Medicine Community Medical Group, has recently launched its Pritikin Intensive Cardiac Rehabilitation Program (ICR). The first-of-its-kind initiative on Long Island marks a significant milestone in North Suffolk Cardiology’s mission, continuing its longstanding tradition of pioneering cardiac care.

“Unlike traditional cardiac rehab programs which are primarily exercise-focused, North Suffolk Cardiology’s ICR program offers patients comprehensive lifestyle education at every visit, plus one-on-one access to a multidisciplinary cardiac care team in a state-of-the-art location,” said Neal Patel, MD, ICR Program Medical Director at North Suffolk Cardiology. “Through dynamic interaction with a cardiac nurse, exercise physiologist, nutritionist and licensed clinical social worker, an individualized cardiac wellness plan is created, and patients are taught specific lifestyle methods to enact meaningful change.”  

This program complements the existing comprehensive cardiac services offered by North Suffolk Cardiology, whose mission is to provide full-service exceptional cardiac care to improve a patient’s quality of life. The practice now offers an expanded array of services tailored to a patient’s unique care plan following a cardiac condition or procedure.  

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North Suffolk Cardiology champions enhanced cardiac rehabilitation program for heart health: ICR Program Team L to R: Brittany Decker, LCSW; Christina Di Lieto, RDN, CDN; Neal Patel, MD, FACC, FSCAI, Medical Director of the ICR Program; Jennifer Cain, RN, ICR Program Administrator; Ashley Ryan, Unit Coordinator; Veronica Barat, MS, CEP, CISSN
Credit: Stony Brook Medicine Community Medical Group

“This groundbreaking program will serve as a tremendous resource to our patients, families and community — both through its ability to help people live heart-healthy lives and because of the expertise, advanced approaches and compassion of North Suffolk Cardiology’s physicians and staff,” said William Wertheim, MD, MBA, Interim Executive Vice President for Stony Brook Medicine and President of Stony Brook Medicine Community Medical Group. “I am so proud that this program is part of Stony Brook Medicine.” 

North Suffolk Cardiology is currently accepting new patients. For appointments, call (631) 941-2000. 

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About Stony Brook Medicine: 

Stony Brook Medicine integrates and elevates all of Stony Brook University’s health-related initiatives: education, research and patient care. It includes five Health Sciences schools — Renaissance School of Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Health Professions, School of Nursing and School of Social Welfare — as well as Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, Stony Brook Eastern Long Island Hospital, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and more than 200 community-based healthcare settings throughout Suffolk County. To learn more, 

About Stony Brook Medicine Community Medical Group:

Stony Brook Medicine Community Medical Group, an arm of Stony Brook Medicine, includes over 40 community practices with over 50 locations across Long Island, from Farmingdale to Greenport. We offer exceptional care in 22 specialties committed to enhancing medical care coordination in the community. To learn more, visit   

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