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Fainting Isn’t Just a Scary Movie Thing

Fainting is a brief loss of consciousness. While certainly the domain of horror movies and comedy sketches, this is serious business for the person doing the fainting. That’s why we have a specialized Faint and Fall Center at Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates. It is the region’s only multi-specialty center for people suffering from fainting or falls.  […]

Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates: Recognized NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Tier 3

Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates: Recognized NCQA Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP) Tier 3 What Does This Recognition Mean? In a Patient-Centered Specialty Practice (PCSP), care is centered around the patient at every level and opportunity. Everyone in the practice works as a team to coordinate care with your primary doctor, other referring clinicians, community resources and services […]

Peripheral Arterial Disease

When your extremities don’t receive enough blood, you have a condition known as peripheral arterial disease (PAD). It’s a common circulatory problem where the patient’s narrowed arteries are reducing blood flow to the limbs. PAD has its own symptoms, such as pain when walking, but it’s usually a sign of more widespread accumulation of fatty […]

Cardiac Catheterization

At Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, we use cardiac catheterization to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions. While this procedure is typically done by entering through an artery in the patient’s groin, our Hunterdon interventional cardiologists prefer to use the transradial approach, which enters through an artery in the wrist. This method shortens the patient’s hospital stay and […]

Nuclear Cardiology

Most people haven’t heard the term “nuclear cardiology,” but they may know a friend or relative who has reaped the benefits from it. Nuclear cardiology has played a pivotal role in establishing the diagnosis of heart disease and in the assessment of disease extent and the prediction of outcomes when it comes to coronary artery […]


When a person has cardiomyopathy his or her heart muscle becomes enlarged, thick, or rigid. This makes is harder and harder to pump blood as the disease worsens. Plus, it becomes incapable of maintaining a normal electric rhythm. There are different types of cardiomyopathy, and they can lead to heart failure or arrhythmia. At Hunterdon […]

What Do You Know About Coronary Artery Disease?

We’ve all heard the term “coronary artery disease,” but do we really understand what that means? If not, we need to. Every year about 610,000 people in the U.S. die of heart disease, about one out of every four deaths! Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. At Hunterdon […]

Your Heart Isn’t Supposed to Flutter

Movies and songs are always hoping our hearts flutter. Our cardiologists and specialists at Hunterdon Cardiovascular hope those flutters are simply the stuff of entertainment, not reality. We’re more concerned with what is known as atrial flutter, which occurs in the right atrium. While atrial flutter itself is not life threatening, if left untreated it […]

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