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The Types of Atrial Fibrillation

In our Hunterdon Electrophysiology Clinic, we’re all about keeping you in rhythm. Well, at least your heart. As for having those colloquial two left feet, that we cannot help. Instead we test for and treat atrial fibrillation. There are different types of atrial fibrillation, also known as AFib. These types may be valvular or non-valvular in […]

A COVID-19 Update

Dear Patient, The end of the present COVID-19 pandemic is not clear, but it will end. We may refer to life as pre- and post-COVID for some time to come. Those periods will look and feel quite different. As a Hunterdon Cardiovascular patient, your safety and health are our top priorities. We are doing everything […]

That Heart Flutter Wasn’t from Cupid’s Arrow

Valentine’s Day was just a couple months back, and many people hopefully felt their hearts flutter just a bit. At Hunterdon Cardiovascular, our cardiologists are more concerned with a different type of flutter that’s not to do with your love life — atrial flutter, which occurs in the right atrium. While atrial flutter itself is […]

Why High Blood Pressure Needs to Be Controlled

You may have seen one of our blogs in January talking about our recent designation at Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates as one of only 17 facilities in the U.S. to attain 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge designation. While everyone hears about hypertension/high blood pressure, most people don’t really know why it’s so important to monitor […]

Cardiovascular Diseases We Treat

At Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, our board certified cardiologists specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiac diseases. Here is a list, not all-inclusive, of some of these conditions we address with descriptions of each. Coronary artery disease— A disease caused by a buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries, which supply the heart muscle […]

Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates Recognized as 2019 Champions for Hypertension in Control

The ONLY Specialty Practice in the United States to be Recognized out of this year’s 17 Champions! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced 16 Primary Care Practices and one Specialty Practice of the 2019 Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge across the United States. The Million Hearts® Hypertension Control Challenge is a […]

Our Cardio-Oncology Clinic

One of the unfortunate side effects of cancer treatments such as chemotherapy is that the treatment can lead to certain cardiovascular diseases. To address these issues, we have a separate clinic dedicated to this specialty — our Hunterdon Cardio-Oncology Clinic. Here’s some more information about this aspect of our services. What is cardio-oncology? Cardio-oncology involves […]

Fainting and Falling Are Serious Business

Winters in New Jersey can be a time where we all slip and fall on a patch of icy sidewalk. That’s a good way to smash an elbow on the ice or bonk the back of your noggin. Fainting that leads to falls is a whole different thing, and a far more serious one. That’s […]

Cardiac Ablation to Get Your Rhythm Back

When most people think about their heart, they have difficulty understanding how destroying some of the tissue in the heart can actually be helpful. This is a natural reaction when we tell a patient that cardiac ablation may be necessary to correct their abnormal heart rhythm. We perform different types of ablation in our Electrophysiology […]

How Much Calcium is in Your Arteries?

At Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, the health of your heart is our sole focus. One good way to ascertain potential problems is measuring the amount of calcium in your arteries. Calcium is usually delivered in the cholesterol plaque that you’ve probably heard of. To measure the amount of calcium in your arteries we use the coronary […]

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