In recognition of the devastating impact of cardiovascular disease and the financial barriers to life-saving care, the Larry King Cardiac Foundation and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX) today announced a partnership to help improve access to cardiac health care for individuals with heart disease. The partnership will enable the foundation to increase the number of individuals it can assist through advanced gene-based and routine diagnostics information services and access to life-saving treatment and care.
Through the LKCF/Quest Diagnostics partnership, Quest will donate advanced gene-based and routine testing services to patients identified and served by the LKCF to aid in the diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disease.
“We partner with premier cardiac care centers and hospitals around the country as part of our effort to ‘save a life a day.’ Now, with Quest Diagnostics’ participation, we can provide the testing that helps establish patient eligibility and course of treatment,” said Larry King, Founder of the LKCF. “It’s been a hallmark of the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to provide patients not only with access to life-saving cardiac care, but also with access to the highest quality and latest strides in medical care. I’m gratified that we’re able to bring the best and latest in diagnostic innovation from Quest Diagnostics to our participating doctors and patients around the country.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 600,000 people die of heart disease in the United States every year, with one death every 40 seconds. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and the leading killer of people of most ethnicities in the United States.
Medical care for heart disease can be expensive – in 2010, heart disease and stroke hospitalizations cost the nation more than $444 billion in health care expenses and lost productivity. Many people lack sufficient means to access critical medical attention for heart disease, with nearly one in five heart attack patients indicating that cost kept them from seeking health care, according to a 2007 study from Yale University. The Larry King Cardiac Foundation (LKCF) was established in 1988 after Mr. King’s 1987 successful quintuple bypass surgery following years of cardiovascular disease and, since the foundation’s inception, has helped thousands of individuals across the United States dealing with heart disease. The Foundation provides funding for life-saving treatment for individuals who would otherwise be unable to receive the treatment and care they need.