RSM Vision

May 03, 2011 13:31 ET

Orange County Optometrist Kathleen Andersen First in the Nation to Offer HeartSmart Technology

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA--(Marketwire - May 3, 2011) - Dr. Kathleen Andersen of RSM Vision in Rancho Santa Margarita has been selected by HeartSmart Technologies to be the first eye care professional to offer technology to detect the early signs of cardiovascular disease in her patients.

"It's estimated that over 81 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease," says Blaine C. Ung, president of the Eye Care Division of HeartSmart Technologies. "Primary eye care professionals like Dr. Andersen are ideally positioned to be the first to detect and assess the risk of heart disease and stroke because they perform over 100 million eye exams per year. Additionally, the Foundation for Eye Health Awareness estimates that over 100 million Americans suffer from life-threatening conditions that could be detected early from a comprehensive eye exam."

"I am honored to be selected to be the first optometrist in the nation to offer this cutting-edge technology to help save the lives of my patients and others. The HeartSmart technology utilizes standard ultrasound which is non invasive and doesn't involve radiation. It is quick and convenient, and it takes less than ten minutes to screen a patient. My patients receive an easy to understand, consumer-friendly report card of their risk of cardiovascular disease," says Dr. Andersen.

About HeartSmart Technologies
The Eye Care Division was officially launched in January of this year. Its goal is to partner with eye care professionals to save one million lives. HeartSmart provides diagnostic tools that measure Cartoid Intima Media Thickness (CIMT) to identify and assess the risk of cardiovascular disease. To find out more, visit or call 213-915-4376.

About Dr. Kathleen Andersen
Dr. Kathleen Andersen, practicing in Rancho Santa Margarita since 1991, is dedicated to excellence in vision care, and utilizes the latest technology including retinal imaging and laser aberrometry in the detection of eye diseases and conditions. In addition to glaucoma medical management, specialized contact lens evaluation, and vision therapy services, Dr. Andersen also co-manages with the finest surgeons for LASIK and cataract surgery. Call 949-589-6171 or visit her web site at to schedule an appointment.

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