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Chilton Medical Center receives approval to perform elective coronary angioplasties

POMPTON PLAINS, NJ (Morris County) – Atlantic Health System’s Chilton Medical Center Wednesday announced the launch of its percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) program in its newly enhanced cardiac catheterization lab.

The addition of this new service will allow Chilton to provide more advanced cardiovascular care to better serve the community.

For more than 15 years, the Chilton cardiac catheterization team has performed this life-saving procedure on the most critically ill emergency patients, those suffering a heart attack. Now, with the addition of this new service, Chilton Medical Center will take their skill and expertise and apply it to elective, and non-emergent patients with coronary disease.

When more advanced care is needed, Chilton is seamlessly connected to Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center which is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report for cardiology and heart surgery.

“This approval allows Chilton to provide greater access and more comprehensive cardiovascular care to our patients close to home,” said Maureen Schneider, PhD, RN, FACHE, President, Chilton Medical Center. “The addition of elective PCI is another step forward to providing a continuity of care from a health team our patients know and trust.”

PCI is a minimally invasive procedure used to clear a blockage in the arteries that supply the heart muscle with blood. A small balloon is inserted in the artery and frequently a metal stent is left in place to stabilize the vessel. This procedure is frequently performed on patients having heart attacks, or other symptoms of coronary disease such as difficulty breathing or chest pain with activity.

“Being able to offer elective PCI to our patients without need for transport to another facility is a significant medical advancement for the communities we serve,” said Lawrence Blitz, MD, interventional cardiologist and Medical Director of the Chilton Medical Center Catheterization Lab. “Our team at Chilton is highly-skilled in providing superior outcomes to our cardiac patients, and this capability expands the services we offer, which will ultimately provide a better patient experience for those in need of cardiovascular care.”

Know your risk for heart disease:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 695,000 deaths each year. Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.

Pay attention to your body and call 911 if you experience:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath. This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs. Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Take Atlantic Health System’s 2-minute quiz to learn your risk and protect yourself against heart disease:

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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