Cardiac Hospital Services

Whole-heartedly better.

Introducing HeartHealth, a seamless continuum of heart care services integrating the acclaimed offerings of RWJ Rahway with the world-class expertise and state-of-the-art resources of the RWJBarnabas Health System, including RWJ University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.

RWJ Rahway: Excellence Close to Home

Exceptionally rated by the NJ Department of Health for its high standards of quality, RWJ Rahway provides outstanding diagnostic and emergency cardiac care, while serving as the doorway to more complex services if needed.

Our skilled cardiac specialists provide top-rated HeartHealth services, including diagnosis and treatment close to home – because every second counts.

RWJ Rahway’s paramedics and Mobile Intensive Care Unit (MICU), in operation since 1982, extend the expertise of our Emergency Department to the patient’s location with the ability to administer cardiac pacing, cardiac dysrhythmias, cardioversion, defibrillation, therapeutic hypothermia and initial response for stroke, heart attack, and other medical emergencies.

  • Emergency angioplasty and stenting with average door-to-balloon time under 60 minutes

  • State-of-the-art catheterization laboratory

  • Biventricular pacemaker insertion

  • Experienced Critical Care unit

  • Telemetry staffed by ACLS-certified nurses

  • Seamless transfer of patients and their information using Electronic Medical Records (EMR) and Picture. Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

Our dedicated Critical Care Unit offers follow-up care, with a highly skilled and compassionate staff. After a patient is discharged, we offer continued rehabilitation, exercise, education and support at the Nicholas Quadrel Healthy Heart Center within the hospital. Our Care Connection Subacute Unit offers longer-term inpatient rehabilitation.

If medically necessary, HeartHealth patients can be transferred to the Cardiovascular Center of Excellence at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick for more advanced treatment. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s highest performing hospitals, RWJ offers NJ’s most advanced heart care options and a healthcare team consisting of community and academic physicians from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Services at that hospital include:

  • Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as a bridge to heart transplant (certified by the Joint Commission to offer LVADs as a life-saving destination therapy to patients who are not eligible for heart transplant)

  • Access to clinical trials

  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

  • Board-certified cardiac surgeons, interventionalists and anesthesiologists

  • One of two hospitals in New Jersey that is Medicare-certified to perform heart transplants; 97% one-year survival rate and shorter waiting times

  • 3-D Transesophageal Echocardiography

When a heart attack strikes, it doesn’t always feel the same in women as it does in men.
Women don't always get the same classic heart attack symptoms as men, such as crushing chest pain that radiates down one arm. Those heart attack symptoms can certainly happen to women, but many experience vague or even “silent” symptoms that they may miss.

Some common heart attack symptoms in women:

Chest pain or discomfort.
Chest pain is the most common heart attack symptom, but some women may experience it differently than men. It may feel like a squeezing or fullness, and the pain can be anywhere in the chest, not just on the left side. It's usually "truly uncomfortable" during a heart attack, says cardiologist Rita Redberg, MD, director of Women’s Cardiovascular Services at the University of California, San Francisco. "It feels like a vise being tightened."

Pain in your arm(s), back, neck, or jaw.
This type of pain is more common in women than in men. It may confuse women who expect their pain to be focused on their chest and left arm, not their back or jaw. The pain can be gradual or sudden, and it may wax and wane before becoming intense. If you're asleep, it may wake you up. You should report any "not typical or unexplained" symptoms in any part of your body above your waist to your doctor or other health care provider, says cardiologist C. Noel Bairey Merz, MD, director of the Barbra Streisand Women's Heart Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles

Stomach pain.
Sometimes people mistake stomach pain that signals a heart attack with heartburn, the flu, or a stomach ulcer. Other times, women experience severe abdominal pressure that feels like an elephant sitting on your stomach, says cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, medical director of the Joan H. Tisch Center for Women’s Health at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York.

Shortness of breath, nausea, or lightheadedness.
If you're having trouble breathing for no apparent reason, you could be having a heart attack, especially if you're also having one or more other symptoms. "It can feel like you have run a marathon, but you didn't make a move," Goldberg says.

Breaking out in a nervous, cold sweat is common among women who are having a heart attack. It will feel more like stress-related sweating than perspiration from exercising or spending time outside in the heat. "Get it checked out" if you don't typically sweat like that and there is no other reason for it, such as heat or hot flashes, Bairey Merz says.

Some women who have heart attacks feel extremely tired, even if they've been sitting still for a while or haven't moved much. "Patients often complain of a tiredness in the chest," Goldberg says. "They say that they can't do simple activities, like walk to the bathroom."

Not everyone gets all of those symptoms. If you have chest discomfort, especially if you also have one or more of the other signs, call 911 immediately.

This article is from WebMD.

For more information about our cardiac services and programs, or to find a physician and make an appointment, please call 1-888-724-7123.

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