Cardiac Services

at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital

Diagnosis & Intervention

RWJUH is home to 7 adult state-of-the-art cardiac catheterization laboratories (including 2 cardiac electrophysiology labs). Within these labs, physicians perform a full range of diagnostic catheterization and coronary interventional procedures such as coronary arteriography, stenting and angioplasty. One of the busiest labs in the region, over 12,000 procedures are performed here annually.

Learn more about diagnostic and therapeutic interventional procedures

World-Class Surgeons

Cardiothoracic surgeons at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital are experienced and highly-respected physicians in their subspecialty field. Performing over 1,000 cardiothoracic surgical procedures per year, their morbidity and mortality rates, as published in the annual report from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, are excellent. Some of the area’s sickest patients are referred to our surgeons because of their expertise, including those patients who have been turned down for surgery elsewhere.


Physicians at RWJUH use twelve-lead electrocardiography to diagnose a variety of conditions including rhythm disorders and heart attacks. Signal averaged electrocardiography is helpful in differentiating patients at high risk from those at low risk for dangerous heart rhythm disturbances. Other diagnostic techniques such as Holter monitoring are also employed. Treatments including Implantable defibrillators, pacemakers and radio frequency ablation are also available.

Learn more about diagnosis and treatment of arrhythmia

Care for Advanced Heart Failure

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital's Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Program offers state-of-the-art treatment for the heart including specialized medical, device, and surgical therapy. It stands at the forefront of many programs that offer care for patients with end-stage heart failure and has shorter waiting times for heart transplantation than other large metropolitan areas. In some cases where conventional medical treatments and surgical intervention may not be enough, RWJUH also offers new hope with the latest generation of mechanical heart assist devices, and is one of only one of four sites nationally approved to offer the AbioCor, the world's first self-contained, implantable "artificial heart".

Learn more about care for advanced heart failure

Patient Stories

  • “I have significantly reduced my stress,” Hart said. “When you go through something like this, it changes how you see the world. I purposefully don’t get stressed about the things that I used to.”

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  • “The Impella 5.5 was a life-saving device for me,” Keith added. “When I went into the hospital I did not know if or how I was going to have the opportunity to receive a heart. The Impella 5.5 made that possible for me.”

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  • "I can’t say enough about the RWJBarnabas Health nursing teams. They work hard, are caring and compassionate and I appreciated them through this entire process."

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