Emergency Angioplasty

More than 450,000 Americans will suffer fatal heart attacks this year – most within an hour of experiencing their first symptoms. When it comes to treating heart attacks, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro is on-call around the clock to provide emergency angioplasty – a critical lifesaving procedure – conveniently close to home.

When every second counts, trust UMCPP for the prompt, quality care you require.

Our program uses state-of-the-art technology to locate and open blocked vessels and restore blood flow to the heart. At University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, treatment is provided by a special team of board certified interventional cardiologists and nurses.

Emergency angioplasty is a procedure to open clogged arteries in response to a heart attack. Performed by UMCPP’s interventional cardiologists, emergency angioplasty quickly increases the flow of blood and oxygen through blocked arteries without the need for invasive heart surgery. By quickly locating and treating the site of the blockage, emergency angioplasty reduces the damage to heart muscle and helps the heart function better in the future.

Timing is critical, and reducing the time between patients' arrival in the Emergency Department and the emergency angioplasty procedure ("door-to-balloon" times) can have dramatic effects on patient outcomes. With the LIFENET Cardiac Care System, which transmits EKG data to Emergency Department physicians and staff while patients are in transit to the hospital, UMCPP's board certified emergency physicians and interventional cardiologists are prepared to initiate this critical, lifesaving service even more promptly.

In the event a patient needs open heart surgery, UMCPP has an emergency transport team on site to immediately transfer the patient to the Heart Center of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

In most cases, emergency angioplasty requires only local anesthesia, reducing the risk of related complications.