You’re never too old—or too young—to care for and protect your heart and lower your risk of heart disease. No matter your age and risk factors, our doctors, specialty-trained nurses, therapists and our entire healthcare team will partner with you to prevent, detect and treat heart issues.
From prevention to intervention, we take your cardiovascular health seriously.
There are four, key lifestyle steps that can dramatically reduce your chances of developing cardiac risk factors and ultimately, heart disease:
Hunterdon Health offers a range of health and wellness programs to support a healthy lifestyle and help reduce your chances of developing heart disease.
For example, our Hunterdon Health & Wellness Centers offer a variety of exercise classes, personal fitness training, and health education programs. The Center for Nutrition and Diabetes Management can help you make positive behavioral changes that will help you achieve and maintain good health and our registered dieticians will help you find the best way to meet your personal weight loss goals. At Hunterdon Health, we will partner with you to achieve your goals to reduce cardiac risk factors.
Conditions We Treat:
• Cardiovascular disease
• Heart failure
• Atrial fibrillation
• Myocardial infarction
• Angina (stable and unstable)
• Heart block
• Peripheral artery disease (PAD) Treatments Available
• Cardiac catheterization
• Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
• Carotid artery stenting
• Pacemaker implantation
The Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Hunterdon Medical Center offers a full array of cardiac and vascular testing and treatment procedures. From vascular angiography to coronary and carotid angioplasty and pacemaker implantations, you can depend on our team of board-certified interventional cardiologists, specialty-trained registered nurses, and certified technologists.
Cardiovascular Testing Services
If your primary care physician or cardiologist determines that you require advanced treatment or testing, you can access a wide range of advanced heart and vascular services at Hunterdon Health offices right here, close to home.
A cardiac stress test is a cardiological test that measures the heart’s ability to respond to external stress in a controlled clinical environment. The stress response is induced by exercise or by intravenous pharmacological stimulation.
Non-invasive vascular utilizes ultrasound. It is used to examine arteries and veins without the use of needles or imaging contrast dye.
Minimally invasive vascular imaging can be used to diagnose several abnormalities.
Your primary care physician is trained to help you with your heart health.
A primary care provider can determine your risk of cardiovascular disease through a routine exam—underscoring the importance of annual exams—and recommend lifestyle changes, medications, and refer you to a cardiologist if needed. It all starts with the simplest of tests: your blood pressure and heart rate, and your cholesterol and glucose levels. In addition, your primary care physician listens to your heart and lungs and may even check if you have swollen feet. Although not always obvious, when you put it all together, they are caring for your heart health.
Hunterdon Health is also connected to a team of highly skilled cardiologists and technicians, many of whom have trained at the most renowned universities and hospitals in the country. In combination with our state-of-the-art facilities and technology, we provide the tools you need to fight heart disease and improve your heart health.
The Norman and Denise Guilloud Cardiovascular Center at Hunterdon Medical Center provides a wide range of heart and vascular services—from testing and treatment to specialized patient care and cardiac rehabilitation. The 4,000 square-foot center features cutting-edge cardiac catheterization labs, a cardiac critical care unit, 20 private patient rooms, expanded space for cardiac imaging and state-of-the-art cardiopulmonary rehabilitation facilities.
Sometimes the lifesaving tools used to fight cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, can have serious side effects on your heart. If you have cancer, or have been treated for cancer in the past, monitoring and maintaining heart health should be an important part of an overall cancer treatment plan. Discuss with your oncologist if you would be a candidate for this program. To learn more about Cardio-Oncology call Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates at 908-788-1710.
On February 22, 2021, New Jersey signed legislation to allow Hunterdon Health and ten other hospitals without cardiac surgery programs to be able to provide elective angioplasty services.
Elective angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure where a catheter (flexible plastic tube) with a small balloon dilates, or “opens up”, a blocked artery that supplies your heart muscle with blood. The balloon compresses built-up plaque and creates a wider channel for blood to flow. A heart attack can occur if that blood flow becomes completely blocked.
In 2004, Hunterdon Medical Center added primary angioplasty services and has been providing emergency cardiac services to patients, but under New Jersey Law was not legally allowed to offer the same procedure if the care was needed for a non-emergent case.
"For more than ten years, Hunterdon Health physicians, the board of trustees, staff, patients and local government officials, have been lobbying for this bill to be passed so our residents can have fair and equal access to critical preventive cardiovascular healthcare in their community. Today that day has come,” stated Patrick J. Gavin, President and CEO, Hunterdon Healthcare.
Glen Tonnessen, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, added, “This was a long road to get to today. There were countless people that were involved and it is because of their dedication and perseverance to make this procedure available to our patients that we can celebrate. Today, our interventional cardiologists and their patients will not need to be transferred to another hospital to get the care they need.”
At Hunterdon Health, our Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program will give you the tools you need, from guided exercise plans to education and counseling services, so that you can make positive behavioral changes for a healthy and active lifestyle.
The first program scientifically proven to “undo” (reverse) heart disease by optimizing four important areas of your life!