Heart Disease

Finding new ways to eat healthy doesn’t have to be a tough nut to crack. Just grab yourself a handful of walnuts, almonds or pistachios and you’ll be well on your way to improving your heart. Over time, these snacks can help lower cholesterol, reduce the buildup of plaque in the arteries and prevent blood clots. Try eating nuts a few times a week to reap the greatest nutritional benefit. For other heart-healthy foods, check out the latest issue of AtlanticView >




Heart Disease Programs and Screenings


Education and prevention can keep you and your loved ones healthy.  We invite you to take advantage of the programs, support groups and screenings available. Unless otherwise noted, to register for any of these programs call 1-800-247-9580 Monday through Thursday between 8:30am to 8:00pm and Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm, or sign-up online at Atlantic Health System’s classes and events registration; all programs are free unless a fee is indicated.

Blood Pressure and Glucose Screening
Learn your numbers and how to reduce your risk for heart attack and stroke. This program is free and registration is not required.
 
First Friday of every month, Noon to 3:00pm
Parsippany Shop Rite, 808 Route 46, Parsippany
 
Fourth Friday of every month, Noon to 3:00pm
Shoprite of Greater Morristown, 178 East Hanover Avenue, Cedar Knolls, NJ
 
Heart Failure Support Group
Heart failure patients and caregivers can meet to share experiences and discuss concerns. Refreshments will be provided.
Fourth Tuesday of every month; 12:30 to 2:00pm
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Level C, Wilf A Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-7901.
 
Support Group: Navigating the Milrinone Journey
Patients and caregivers can learn about treating heart failure with the drug known as Milrinone. Refreshments will be provided.
Second Monday of every month; 12:30 to 2:00pm
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Level C, Wilf A Conference Room
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-7901.
 
Smoking Cessation
Receive the support and guidance needed to quit smoking in six weeks. This group is free and open to all adults in the community, but registration and a smoking assessment are required to participate.
Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Radiation Conference Room
For class dates and to register, please call 973-971-7971 or 973-971-5781.
 
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
This highly-acclaimed, nine-week program can help you take control of the anxiety and chronic conditions affecting your life. Please bring a yoga mat.
Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:30pm
Wednesdays, 10:00am to 12:30pm
Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Morristown, NJ
For more information and to register, please call 973-971-4890.
 
Lifestyle Change Program
We all know that a healthy lifestyle will help you feel and look your best. In this 12-week program, you’ll learn how to reach and maintain all of your fitness, weight and wellness goals using supervised exercises, stress management and the nutrition plan of renowned physician Joel Fuhrman, MD.
Fee: $775 ($400 deposit required)
Mondays and Wednesdays
Program times: 8:00 to 10:00am, 9:00 to 11:00am, 10:00am to Noon, 11:00am to 1:00pm, 4:00 to 6:00pm, 5:00 to 7:00pm and 6:00 to 8:00pm
Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Morristown, NJ
For more information and a schedule, please call 973-971-4890.
 
The Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease
This 9-week, outpatient program is scientifically proven to stop and even reverse heart disease through optimizing nutrition, stress management, fitness and social support. Eligible patients include those who have had a cardiac episode, such as open-heart surgery, a stent or stable angina. Medicare and other insurance companies cover this program.
Chambers Center for Well Being, 435 South Street, Morristown, NJ
For a schedule and to register, please call 973-971-7230.
 
WomenHeart of Morristown Medical Center
This national organization is dedicated to advancing women’s heart health. Join our monthly meetings for education, peer-to-peer patient support and access to local resources. Light refreshments are served.
Second Thursday of every month at Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute:

 Mended Hearts
A monthly support group for heart disease patients and caregivers; cardiac physicians and allied health professionals will discuss topics on heart health. Registration is not required.
Fourth Sunday of every month, 1:30 to 3:00pm                                     
Gagnon Cardiovascular Institute, Wilf Conference Room, 100 Madison Ave, Morristown, NJ

Chambers Center for Well Being
The Chambers Center for Well Being can help you develop a personal plan for a healthier lifestyle. Through lectures, classes and therapeutic services, we’ll show you how stress management, proper dietary balance and increased exercise can improve your overall well-being – mind, body and spirit. View a full list of classes, services and related fees >


Heart Disease Articles
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There is more reason than ever for people to make fish a bigger part of their diets, according to the American Heart Association.

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A heart-stopping condition that causes about half of all cardiovascular-related deaths seems to happen in an instant, with no symptoms.

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People who have implanted devices to keep their hearts running smoothly can safely drive an electric car if they wish to do so, new research confirms.

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Heart stent patients with a certain gene mutation may need to consider alternatives to Plavix, a commonly prescribed blood thinner, a new study suggests.

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Having a chronic heart condition is stressful enough, but new research suggests the cost of caring for the condition is also a huge financial burden for poorer families in the United States.

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Suffering a nasty bout of the flu or pneumonia is bad enough, but now research suggests it might also spell trouble for your heart.

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