Cardiology Services (Adult)

About Cardiopulmonary Inpatient & Outpatient Services

Heart CentersWith the advent of new diagnostic and treatment options, an improved model for cardiac care can be found at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus (MMCSC). Due to the fact that it is part of RWJBarnabas Health Heart Centers, patients can access integrated diagnostic, medical and surgical services that offer a full range of advanced cardiac services. These services include: diagnosis, imaging, interventional cardiology, electrophysiology, the management of heart failure and cardiac rehabilitation.

RWJBarnabas Health Heart Centers offer patients sophisticated care in the vicinity of their home as well as immediate transfer ability to tertiary level care at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center. This approach offers patients at any of our hospitals the combined expertise of a broad range of cardiac specialists and the benefits of the most up-to-date technological advances. Common access to technology and imaging systems ensure that physicians can immediately view images and consult with colleagues across all of the Heart Centers.

Our experienced team at MMCSC provides services to both inpatients and outpatients that improve the quality of life for people with congenital heart defects and heart disease. Our full-service, invasive and non-invasive laboratories provide stress tests, 24-hour ambulatory electrocardiogram monitoring (Holter) services and echocardiography.

With state-of-the-art Xcelera multi-modality imaging technology and Tom Tec analytical software especially in 3D environment of ultrasound, physicians at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus can quickly review echocardiography studies and with pin-point accuracy. This information can also be shared with referring physicians and other health care professionals throughout RWJBarnabas Health.

Outpatients are required to bring a physician prescription indicating the type of test and reason for the test, along with a physician referral, if needed. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 732.886.4426 for cardiopulmonary services and 732.886.4428 for cardiac rehabilitation.

About Echocardiographs

The benefits of full-digital echocardiography include superior quality of cardiac ultrasound images which translate into greater diagnostic accuracy, easy and universal accessibility, and better communication between primary and specialist physicians. Patients benefit from the most advanced echocardiography modalities, including transesophageal echocardiography, stress echocardiography with treadmill exercise or pharmacological agents, and color Doppler echocardiography. Echocardiographs can be performed on an outpatient or inpatient basis, they are painless and generally take about one hour to complete.

MMCSC is now able to offer 3D Echocardiographs with enhanced features. It has become clear that any question that one seeks to address with 2D echocardiography can be answered more completely, more directly and with greater accuracy using Live 3D Echo. Live 3D Echo can help verify the information obtained with 2D Echo, improving diagnostic confidence and clinical efficiency, particularly in cases of complex and/or multiple congenital defects.

Qualitative benefits include:

  • More effective and descriptive communication of abnormalities between imaging specialists and other medical personnel/surgical staff.
  • Better appreciation of the position of structures/defects in relation to each other and other heart structures.
  • Accurate description of valve scallops and characteristics in planning surgical repair.
  • Live assessment of valve functional dynamics.
  • Accurate visualization during invasive procedures:
    • Relative 3D position of catheters during ablation or biopsy procedures without resorting to ionizing methods.
    • Evaluation of commissures for splitting/stretching during valvotomy procedures.

For more information or to schedule an Echocardiograph, call 732.886.4426.

About Cardiac Rehabilitation

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Outpatient Program at MMCSC combines the latest concepts of cardiovascular rehabilitation, optimizing the patient’s physical, mental and social abilities. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program has three phases.

  • Phase I: Occurs while the patient is still in the hospital recovering from a coronary event. The rehab in these early days is more educational than physical.
  • Phase II: Patients learn how to live with their heart ailment. The emphasis is on conditioning the heart by strengthening it through exercise. Patients participate in a comprehensive exercise and rehabilitation program under the direct supervision of an interdisciplinary team of physicians, nurses and dieticians.
  • Phase III: Graduates of Phase II may elect to participate in a self-monitored, maintenance program.

For more information on our Cardiac Rehabilitation Program or to schedule an appointment, call 732.886.4428.

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