Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care

Fannie E. Rippel Foundation Heart Institute

The Only Full-Service Cardiac Center in Hudson County

Established in 1882, Jersey City Medical Center (JCMC) is a 348-bed acute-care, community-based medical center located on a 15-acre campus in Jersey City overlooking the Statue of Liberty.

As part of RWJBarnabas Health, and together with Rutgers University, JCMC belongs to the largest academic health care organization in New Jersey.

Serving the needs of patients in Hudson County and beyond, we act as both a teaching hospital and regional referral center, which is a hospital that supports transferred patients from other facilities with complex medical, surgical and trauma cases. We provide outstanding care for anyone in need of cardiac or emergency services.

Our accomplished doctors and researchers prioritize patient care first, upholding a system of excellence and dedication to providing world-class health care while using the latest tools and technologies. At the leading edge of our offerings at JCMC are our Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Services.

Providing Comprehensive Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Services

As the only full-service heart hospital in Hudson County, Jersey City Medical Center offers a wide array of services including the most innovative cardiovascular and thoracic care options in the nation. We offer a broad, multidisciplinary network of heart, vascular and thoracic specialists and a patient-centric and integrated approach to health care services.

With our ongoing program expansions, we offer the latest technologies and developments in the field. You will have the care and support of well-qualified clinicians by your side. Whether you are receiving a simple diagnostic EKG or having an open-heart procedure, JCMC has you and your family first in mind.

Jersey City Medical Center:

  • Has nationally recognized cardiac surgeons skilled in all aspects of cardiac care
  • Is Hudson County’s only full-service heart care hospital
  • Is an elite cardiac center offering advanced screening, diagnostic procedures and health programs to effectively detect and manage a wide variety of cardiac conditions

Nationally Recognized Team of Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Specialists

Jersey City Medical Center places our patients’ optimal heart, vascular and thoracic health at the forefront of our mission. Our qualified medical teams include outstanding specialists in cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, anesthesiology, pulmonology and echocardiography. Our specialists are complemented by experienced technicians, pharmacists, registered nurses and ancillary staff who join together to treat all of our patients’ heart, vascular and thoracic needs with expertise.

Advanced in care management of complex artery blockages, aortic aneurysms, aortic valve stenosis, heart tumors and numerous forms of heart disease, our specialists are proficient at administering diagnostic treatments, electrophysiology and coronary interventions for all of our patients.

The techniques of our experienced specialists in interventional and structural cardiology, vascular disease, peripheral vascular disease and cardiac electrophysiology are aided by JCMC’s cutting-edge equipment and devices used for diagnosing and treating structural heart and vascular disease.

Our specialists at JCMC lead with comprehensive and compassionate health care, using evidence-based noninvasive, invasive, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques and therapies for you and your loved ones.

Meet Our Team

Award-Winning Care

As an award-winning hospital serving Hudson County, Jersey City Medical Center has assembled an expert Heart, Vascular and Thoracic team. We have received numerous accreditations and recognitions for exceptional patient care from state and national institutions.

  • Becker’s Hospital Review
    • RWJBarnabas Health has been recognized by Becker’s Hospital Review’s “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs" for 2023. Health Care organizations included on the list are renowned for their exemplary heart care, patient outcomes and leading technologies.

Technological Advancements

Medical discoveries are made possible through sound expertise as well as ongoing advancements in technology. Together, they have the ability to vastly improve patient outcomes. Our Heart, Vascular and Thoracic medical team offers state-of-the-art options.

The Latest Techniques for Diagnosing and Treating Structural Heart Conditions

  • Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). Angiography technology is the examination of blood or lymph vessels through an X-ray. CCTA uses this technology with an injection of radiocontrast dye and a scanner to identify potential abnormalities or blockages in the coronary arteries.
  • Fractional flow reserve - computed tomography (FFR-CT). This revolutionary and noninvasive procedure is performed using a 3D model of the arteries, which is instrumental in identifying potential heart disease.
  • Patient foramen ovale closure (PFO). This minimally invasive procedure involves the placement of a thin catheter to assist in repairing an opening between the upper two chambers of the heart.
  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). This is an innovative, minimally invasive FDA-approved treatment for aortic stenosis or a failing aortic valve. Our full-service heart care facility has expanded to offer this intervention. We are the only facility offering TAVR in Hudson County.

Innovative Cardiothoracic Surgery Options

  • Aneurysm repairs. This procedure involves repairing the weakened or ballooned area in the artery with methods that may include the use of stents or mesh tubes, embolizing the area to stop the bleeding, or clipping off the diseased area.
  • Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). This surgery treats coronary artery disease through grafts, which involve taking a blood vessel from another area and attaching it to the coronary artery above and below the narrowed or blocked area.
  • Valve replacements and repairs. This is an option for patients with damaged or diseased heart valves due to heart disease.

State-of-the-Art Cardiovascular Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment

At Jersey City Medical Center, we offer advanced electrophysiology, which records the electrical activity in the heart and its pathways, isolating and identifying any abnormalities. Your doctor can reproduce your heart rhythms safely and advise you on the best medicines and courses of action to manage your condition.

Our cardiac electrophysiology (EP) lab offers advanced ablations (creating small scars or freezing tissue in tiny amounts to inhibit its movement), implantable cardiofibrillator (ICD) implants, loop recorders and WATCHMAN left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) devices devices.

Other advanced procedures to diagnose heart and vascular issues include:

  • Stress testing. This monitored exercise testing enables medical professionals to measure whether the heart is working too hard when under stress.
  • Cath lab fractional flow reserve technology. A noninvasive 3D model of the arteries is used to identifying potential heart disease.
  • 2D and 3D echocardiography. Echocardiograms use sound waves and echoes to produce an image of the heart and identify problem areas.
  • Optical coherence tomography (OCT). This technology captures detailed images of coronary plaque and diseases through the use of infrared light.

Access to the Latest Medical and Clinical Research

Jersey City Medical Center provides our patients with access to modern technologies and medical advancements that foster the ongoing improvement of patient care through leading-edge therapies, medicines and tools.

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Programs and Specialties

Delivering Advanced Cardiovascular and Thoracic Care Right Here in New Jersey

For decades, RWJBarnabas Health has delivered advanced cardiovascular and thoracic care, pioneering breakthrough techniques that have revolutionized the field. Our multidisciplinary team of experts provide comprehensive, compassionate care. Learn more about our programs and specialties, which include diagnosis, treatment, and continued support for people living with cardiovascular and thoracic conditions.

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Patient Stories

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