Wait times represent the average estimated length of time from registration to being assigned a "first provider" (a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician assistant). Times displayed for Atlantic Health Systems are:

  • Reported as an average of wait times for the previous 2 hours of patients that have presented to the emergency department and have been seen by a provider
  • Refreshed at least every 15 minutes

Many circumstances can affect wait times - for example, patients arriving by ambulance or with life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Patients with severe conditions will be seen before those with less-serious problems or ailments. These times are provided for informational purposes only and cannot be guaranteed upon arrival.

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Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization – in which a thin flexible tube is passed through an artery or a vein to the heart and into a coronary artery to diagnose problems in heart function and blockage – is one of the most accurate diagnostic tests available. 

Cardiac catheterization (angiography) -
The "gold standard" for diagnosing coronary artery disease, this test provides live, detailed information about the heart's blood vessels, arteries, valves and chambers, allowing physicians to immediately detect blockages or abnormalities. The information is used by the cardiologist to determine the next step in the treatment process, which may include medication therapy, angioplasty, stenting or heart surgery. Many patients undergo same-day procedures and many can be discharged several hours after recovery. Many of our cardiac catheterizations are now performed via the radial artery approach which minimizes recovery time and bleeding risks to the patients. We also perform specialized left heart catheterization, which enables doctors to measure blockage and pumping strength, and right heart catheterization (Swan-Ganz catheter), which evaluates the pressures in the right side of your heart and lungs, and your overall fluid status.
Primary angioplasty -
Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center and Chilton Medical Center are among a select group of community hospitals licensed for primary angioplasty, an emergency cardiovascular intervention for patients suffering from heart attacks. Approximately 25 percent more effective than traditional medications, this minimally invasive procedure enables our interventional cardiologists to open blocked arteries and minimize heart damage, while eliminating the need for patients to be transferred to a heart surgery center.
Peripheral vascular procedures -
Peripheral vascular catheterization is used to test for and treat blockages within the arteries of the kidneys, arms and legs. If blockages are found during the diagnostic test, our interventional cardiologists or vascular surgeons may elect to open the blockage. State-of-the-art technology is available at our cardiac catheterization laboratories for treatment of peripheral vascular disease, including balloons, stents, atherectomy and thrombectomy. Opening the artery will allow appropriate blood supply to flow through the artery to the necessary body part.
Interventional radiology -
Interventional radiologists perform various image-guided, minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat cancer, kidney disease, bladder disease and other conditions. This approach involves less risk and less pain than open surgery while promoting faster recovery.
Transesophageal echocardiogram (TEE) -
A tiny, flexible probe is passed into the patient's esophagus and stomach to capture detailed images of the heart. Performed under IV sedation, the procedure allows physicians to evaluate the heart's chambers and valves for abnormalities.
Cardioversion -
This common procedure is used to correct an abnormal heart rhythm and may be combined with a TEE, as explained above, to identify blood clots in the heart.
Pacemaker implantation -
Your cardiologist may recommend a pacemaker to keep your heart beating properly. These devices are surgically implanted in our Cardiac Cath Labs and subsequently monitored by our pacemaker clinics.

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