Emergency Angioplasty at Somerset Campus

Minutes matter when someone is experiencing a heart attack – the faster a blocked artery is opened, the safer and more successful it is for the patient. At Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, patients who are having heart attacks are brought to the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory to have their arteries opened through emergency angioplasty within 90 minutes of the time they arrive at the hospital’s Emergency Department.

During the procedure, a balloon is inserted into the blocked artery through a catheter. The balloon is then inflated and deflated to clear the obstructions, and mesh tubes, or stents, are inserted to keep the artery open.

Previously, patients who were having heart attacks and came to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Emergency Department were treated with clot-busting drugs to unclog blocked coronary arteries and restore normal blood flow. Emergency angioplasty has been shown to be more effective than drugs in opening arteries and results in faster recoveries.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s interventional cardiologists and Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory staff are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week to perform emergency angioplasties when needed. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset received state approval to perform emergency coronary angioplasty in 2003.