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Heart Health Month 2022

Angioplasty Celebration in front of Cardiac Center
January 28, 2022

Hunterdon Healthcare Heart Health Medical Minutes

On December 2, 2021, Hunterdon Medical Center received the official approval and Gerald Granduke of Lebanon was the first patient to have an elective angioplasty procedure performed by William Schafranek, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates.  This is Gerald’s story.

Medical Minutes with William Schafranek, MD, Interventional Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses the difference between primary (emergency) angioplasty vs. elective angioplasty.

Rupen Parikh, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses what are the best foods for cardiac health.

 

Rupen Parikh, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses the three types of cholesterol.

 

Glen Tonnessen, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses – What are Varicose Veins?

Glen Tonnessen, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses – What is Venous Insufficiency?

Glen Tonnessen, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses – Treatment options for Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency.

Medical Minutes with Rupen Parikh, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses what are the best foods for cardiac health.

Medical Minutes with Christopher Garcia, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses what is a healthy resting heart rate.

Medical Minutes with Christopher Garcia, M.D., Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses how you can make meals heart healthy.

Medical Minutes with Kiera Farry, DO, Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates, discusses how heart disease presents itself in women.

Hunterdon Medical Center Now Offers Elective Angioplasty

On February 22, 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation to allow Hunterdon Healthcare System and ten other hospitals without cardiac surgery programs to be able to provide elective angioplasty services.

Angioplasty is a procedure in which a small balloon is inserted to open a blocked artery and restore blood flow to the heart. 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.

On December 2, 2021, Hunterdon Medical Center received the official approval and Gerald Granduke of Lebanon was the first patient to have an elective angioplasty procedure performed by William Schafranek, M.D., Interventional Cardiologist, Hunterdon Cardiovascular Associates.

“For more than ten years, Hunterdon Healthcare 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.”

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