Expert Care for Cardiovascular Diseases in the Tri-State Area
Early detection and early treatment are the keys to beating cardiovascular diseases — the #1 cause of disability and death for both men and women, which accounts for one third of deaths. At Hackensack Meridian Health, our interdisciplinary team of heart specialists has developed a powerful program to identify, treat, and manage cardiovascular disease in New Jersey for patients of all ages.
Treating a Wide Range of Heart Conditions at Hackensack Meridian Health
We diagnose and treat these and many other major cardiovascular conditions:
Arrhythmia is a serious abnormality in the heart’s ability to beat regularly. It leads to irregular heartbeats that can cause clotting, heart failure or other heart-related problems, or stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is the most common type of arrhythmia. Hackensack treats arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation, through atrial ablation and pacemaker implantation.
Coronary heart disease occurs due to plaque buildup on artery walls, causing them to narrow and slow down or stop blood flow to the heart. When blockage occurs, physicians turn to heart catheterization or coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG).
Heart valve disease can be caused by conditions present since birth, as well as through age-related valve diseases, illnesses or conditions that cause valves to malfunction. Valve disease makes your heart work harder to pump blood as efficiently as your body needs it to. At our Heart & Vascular Hospital, we treat diseased valves through heart valve repair or valve replacement surgery.
Heart failure and congestive heart failure impacts more than six million people in the U.S., and come about when a heart can no longer pump oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the body. This leads to fatigue, breathing difficulties, and fluid retention. In addition to implanting pacemakers or defibrillators, our treatment for congestive heart failure includes left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) and cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT).
Chronic total occlusion (CTO) comes about when a heart artery is completely blocked for 30 days or more. In addition to treating CTO with coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), there is a less invasive percutaneous intervention option.
Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) is most commonly caused by plaque buildup in artery walls, just like coronary artery disease. PVD affects the organs’ ability to receive nutrient-rich oxygenated blood and most often impacts feet and legs. Doctors usually treat PVD through medications and lifestyle modifications.
Aortic stenosis occurs when the heart’s aortic valve becomes stiff to a point where it has difficulties opening. This makes the heart work harder to move blood through the valve to the rest of the body. Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is a minimally invasive treatment option for aortic stenosis among high-risk patients who would otherwise be inoperable.
While this list includes many of the heart conditions we treat at Hackensack Meridian Health, it is not exhaustive. In fact, our multidisciplinary team treats the most complex cardiovascular cases with superior outcomes.
Patients experiencing cardiovascular disease in NJ and NY receive highly regarded treatment and care from the heart and vascular specialists at Hackensack Meridian Health.