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.

Department of Neurology

The Department of Neurology at St. Francis Hospital provides neurological care to hospital and emergency room patients with acute and chronic neurological issues.

Under the leadership of department chair, Anthony Cohen, MD, our team of highly skilled board certified neurologists diagnose, treat and manage patients with various ailments including stroke, neuromuscular disorders, seizure disorders, movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and headache.

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Conditions Treated
  • Stroke 
  • Headache and facial pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Coma
  • Infections of the nervous system
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Dementia
  • Dizziness
  • Vertigo
  • Brain tumors
  • Spinal cord injuries and tumors

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Key Treatments

Electro-myograph (EMG) and Nerve Conduction Studies

This test records electrical activity in the muscles and is a diagnostic tool used to evaluate the peripheral nervous system. It is usually performed along with an assessment of conductivity of peripheral nerves (NCS). The test can confirm or reject the suspicion of disorder of muscles or nerves, such as neuropathy, myopathy, myasthenia gravis, Lou Gehrig’s Disease, radiculopathy, and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Electro-encephalography (EEG)

This is the primary test used to diagnose seizures and epilepsy. Electrodes are placed over the surface of the head and recording brain activity for 20 to 30 minutes. The test is painless.

Somato-Sensory Evoked Potentials

Used as an assessment of the functional state of the conductivity in the central nervous system (unlike the imaging studies that assess the anatomical appearance). The test involves electrical stimulation of extremities with recording signals arriving at the brain. It is used to assess patients in a coma and those with conditions that can not be confirmed on CT or MRI.

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Contact the Department of Neurology

Contact Phone
Anthony S. Cohen, M.D.
Chief of Neurology
(516) 466-4700
Denis Ostrovskiy, M.D.
Director, Stroke Program
(516) 466-4700

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