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Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center is First in New Jersey to Treat Patient with FDA-Approved Medication for Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (oHCM)

October 6, 2022

The first and only FDA-approved cardiac myosin inhibitor, CamzyosTM (mavacamten), successfully administered to allow a non-invasive treatment option

Morristown, N.J., October 6, 2022 – Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center is the first hospital in New Jersey to treat a patient using CamzyosTM (mavacamten), the first and only U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved cardiac myosin inhibitor that targets the underlying pathophysiology of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (oHCM) to improve functional capacity and symptoms.
Dr. Matthew Martinez, Director of the Atlantic Health System Chanin T. Mast Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Sports Cardiology program, was the first to administer the drug in New Jersey, offering patients a non-invasive option to surgery.

“As a site with a team that is able to administer this novel drug underscores our commitment to offering patients access to the latest, safest and most effective HCM care,” said Dr. Martinez. “In addition to positive patient outcomes, we keep patient experience at the heart of our decisions, which is why Atlantic Health System designed a program to allow patients to easily navigate exploring this as one option for care.”

Morristown Medical Center, located in Morristown New Jersey, is committed to designing and delivering high quality, innovative and personalized health care, to build healthier communities and improve lives for patients. This includes paving the way for new noninvasive treatment offerings for people experiencing HCM.

The Bristol Myers Squibb drug mavacamten is used to treat adults with symptomatic New York Heart Association (NYHA) class II-III oHCM, a rare disease that occurs when heart muscles thicken and obstruct blood flow to the rest of the body.

Doctors can discuss whether mavacamten is right for you and any potential side effects associated with its use. If you are interested in learning more about cardiovascular care at Atlantic Health System, visit www.atlantichealth.org/conditions-treatments/heart-care.html.

About Atlantic Health System

Atlantic Health System is at the forefront of medicine, setting standards for quality health care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the New York metropolitan area. Powered by a workforce of more than 18,000 team members and 4,800 affiliated physicians dedicated to building healthier communities, Atlantic Health System serves more than half of the state of New Jersey including 12 counties and 5.5 million people. The not-for-profit system offers more than 400 sites of care, including its seven hospitals: Morristown Medical Center in Morristown, NJ, Overlook Medical Center in Summit, NJ, Newton Medical Center in Newton, NJ, Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, NJ, Hackettstown Medical Center in Hackettstown, NJ, Goryeb Children’s Hospital in Morristown, NJ, Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute in Madison, NJ and through its partnership with CentraState Healthcare System in Freehold, NJ.

Atlantic Medical Group, comprised of 1,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, represents one of the largest multi-specialty practices in New Jersey and joins Atlantic Accountable Care Organization and Optimus Healthcare Partners as part of Atlantic Alliance, a Clinically Integrated Network of more than 2,500 health care providers throughout northern and central NJ.

Atlantic Health System provides care for the full continuum of health care needs through 23 urgent care centers, Atlantic Visiting Nurse and Atlantic Anywhere Virtual Visits. Facilitating the connection between these services on both land and air is the transportation fleet of Atlantic Mobile Health.

Atlantic Health System leads the Healthcare Transformation Consortium, a partnership of six regional hospitals and health systems dedicated to improving access and affordability and is a founding member of the PIER Consortium – Partners in Innovation, Education, and Research – a streamlined clinical trial system that will expand access to groundbreaking research across five health systems in the region.

Atlantic Health System has a medical school affiliation with Thomas Jefferson University and is home to the regional campus of the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Morristown and Overlook Medical Centers and is the official health care partner of the New York Jets.