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*Meeting criteria does not confirm matching funds will be granted.
(Matching funds program - $600 per AED)
Enter to Win a Home Blood Pressure Monitor
To promote early detection of high blood pressure — a common risk factor for heart attack, peripheral artery disease, stroke, and other types of cardiovascular disease — AtlantiCare is giving away 100 Automatic Digital Blood Pressure Monitors.
To enter, please complete the form below or call 1-888-569-1000.
You must register by July 31, 2012, to be eligible for the drawing.
For 30 years, Bob Stetser of Barnegat Light had a passion for scuba diving, and earlier this year he decided to reignite that passion after being out of the water for five or six years. “Except for a little shortness of breath that I figured was related to a minor respiratory problem, I felt great,” says Bob.
“But I’m turning 71 this year, so I thought I’d better visit my doctor first to make sure I was good to go.”
Bob’s exam included an echocardiogram, a test he’d had before to monitor a slight problem with his mitral valve.
This time the test, and several others that followed, revealed that Bob’s mitral valve now needed to be repaired. “I was concerned about the time I’d be out of action,” says Bob. “I fix refrigeration systems, chillers and ice machines on big commercial vessels, and I can’t be tied up for too long during the late spring and summer. But Dr. Axelrod explained that he could repair the valve with minimally invasive surgery, and that would cut down a lot on the
Bob had valve surgery on March 24. He then found out that he also needed a pacemaker, which was implanted the next day. “When I left the hospital a week later, I went right to the casino with Linda for lunch. I felt that good! The next day I had breakfast at the diner, purposely walking about eight blocks there and eight blocks back to check my breathing. No problem. Then a call came in to go out on a job, and I felt so good that I went. I didn’t have one ache.”
The shortness of breath Bob experienced before surgery is now gone, as is his need to take an afternoon nap. “I felt nothing but great afterwards,” he says. “From surgery to back at work in eight days! Unbelievable!”
At the Heart Institute at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, our highly skilled team combines leading edge technology and high-quality, personal care to mend whatever ails your heart. Our outcomes rival and even surpass many big-city heart centers.
The Heart Institute at ARMC offers patients with heart disease the most advanced surgical and technological treatments available today, including:
Take Garden State Parkway North to the Galloway Township rest area at mile marker 41 (left lane exit). Enter the rest area and stay to the right. At the second stop sign make a left hand turn (DO NOT go straight, it will put you back on the Parkway North). After you make the left hand turn make an immediate right. Follow to the light and turn left on Jimmie Leeds Road (CR 561). Travel on Jimmie Leeds Road to the next traffic light and turn right into the entrance for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Campus.
Cross over the Walt Whitman Bridge into New Jersey and travel on route 42 East. At mile marker 42 the road will split. Stay to your left and enter onto the Atlantic City Expressway. Continue to travel the Atlantic City Expressway until you reach exit 7N. Take exit 7N and merge onto the Garden State Parkway. Follow the Garden State Parkway North to the first rest area at mile marker 41 (left lane exit). Continue as if coming from the South (above).
Travel South on the Garden State Parkway. Enter the Galloway Township rest area at mile marker 41 (left lane exit). At the stop sign make a left hand turn. After you make the left make another immediate left turn. Follow to the light and turn left on Jimmie Leeds Road (CR 561). Travel on Jimmie Leeds Road to the next traffic light and turn right into the entrance for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center – Mainland Campus.
For more information about the heart services available at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, please call 1-888-569-1000.
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