How COVID-19 Treatments Could Affect Heart Patients

The COVID-19 pandemic posed a challenge for health care providers to quickly lay out plans for effective treatments for those with the virus. Although there isn’t yet a definitive treatment for COVID-19, there are options depending on your symptoms and their severity. If you have a heart condition, you should know your treatment options and how they may affect your cardiovascular health before getting treated. Treatments at Home If you have tested positive for COVID-19 Read More »

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What Should Heart Patients Know About COVID-19?

By now, it’s clear that COVID-19 poses a dangerous risk to many people with pre-existing conditions. For those with a cardiac condition, there are even more potential risks. According to early reports, 40 percent of patients hospitalized due to COVID-19 had cardiovascular disease or cerebrovascular disease, a condition affecting blood flow to the brain. And in February, the American College of Cardiology encouraged patients to take “additional, reasonable precautions” for their safety. COVID-19 can affect Read More »

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Heart Health Outcomes of COVID-19

Although health professionals knew early on that contracting the COVID-19 virus could lead to respiratory infection and permanent lung damage, it’s now becoming more clear that the virus could have lasting effects on the way your heart works as well, even for patients without pre-existing heart conditions. But what if you are already dealing with a heart condition, or are recovering from a recent cardiovascular episode? Cardiac Partners offers heart patients insight to how COVID-19 Read More »

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Home Exercises for Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you’ve experienced heart attack, heart failure, angioplasty or heart surgery, you’re probably enrolled in a cardiac rehabilitation program with your health care provider. Cardiac rehab is an important part of managing and improving your heart health. A key element of cardiac rehab is getting regular exercise. Getting active on a regular basis is beneficial in a number of ways, including: lower blood pressure lower “bad” cholesterol levels increasing “good” cholesterol levels healthy weight loss Read More »

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The Effects of Smoking and Heart Heath

It’s long been known that smoking is one of the leading causes of lung cancer in America. But did you know it can greatly affect the health of your heart too? Despite smoking rates in the United States continuing to decrease, down to just 14% of the population according to a 2017 CDC study, an estimated 34 million Americans still report a habitual smoking habit. “Smoking is a major agent of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and Read More »

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Is Daily Aspirin Therapy Right for You?

Is Daily Aspirin Therapy Right for You? “Daily aspirin therapy can be a lifesaving option.” Says Enakshi Bajpai, D.O., Cardiologist at Inspira Health and member of the Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira network. “But it isn’t for everyone. It’s important to understand the benefits and the risks before beginning any type of antiplatelet drug.” If you’ve had a heart attack or stroke, your doctor will likely recommend you take a daily aspirin unless you Read More »

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Impella Cardiac Device Helps Patients Recover Closer to Home

The doctors at Inspira Medical Centers Woodbury and Vineland have a new tool in their arsenal to help a damaged heart pump enough blood to support major organs, while also giving the heart time to recover, according to Ashfaque Unwala, MD, cardiac catheterization medical director, Inspira Woodbury. The Impella Ventricular Support System draws blood out of the heart and pumps it into the aorta, partially or fully bypassing the left ventricle and providing increased blood Read More »

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Dr. M. Scott Dawson Wins Top Honors for His Award Winning Essay

M. Scott Dawson, M.D., a board-certified cardiologist with Cardiac Partners at Cooper and Inspira, recently earned first place in the Saint Joseph’s University Pedro Arrupe Center’s Graduate Ethics Essay Competition. His writing focused on expanding access to elective angioplasties, a divisive topic in New Jersey.  His essay titled: New Jersey’s Ethical Dilemma: Restrictive Privileges for Elective Angioplasties, reviews the multiple factors that have led to the continued restrictions, and the benefits that would be realized if, Read More »

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Cooper University Health Care Becomes Region’s Only Hospital to Offer MitraClip Procedure

Heart Valve Device Offers New Options for Patients Until recently, high-risk heart patients with a severe form of leaky mitral valve disorder, called mitral regurgitation, and who were deemed too frail or sick to undergo open heart surgery had few treatment choices. Janah Aji, MD, FACC Cooper University Health Care now offers a new treatment option for these patients with the FDA-approved MitraClip device. A medical team including Janah Aji, MD, FACC, Sajjad A. Sabir, MD, and Georges Read More »

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Cooper University Health Care First Hospital in Eastern U.S. to Treat Central Sleep Apnea With Newly Approved Device

(CAMDEN) – A medical team at Cooper University Health Care recently was the first in the eastern United States to treat a patient with central sleep apnea (CSA) with a new implantable device to stimulate breathing. Cooper is currently one of only 24 sites in the United States treating CSA with the remedē® System, developed by medical technology company Respicardia, Inc. The remedē® System received FDA-approval in 2017 and is the first commercially available device to treat Read More »

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