Cardiac Appeal

Please consider a gift in support of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Cardiovascular Program during American Heart Month.

Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths is caused by heart disease.

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset is committed to reducing the number of fatalities caused by heart disease in our community. With your support, our skilled physicians and advanced technology will be there for you and your friends and family.

Read the following story of one patient who avoided the "widow maker," and consider making a gift to our Cardiovascular Program. Click hereto make a donation.

Little did 71-year-old Thomas Hart know that cutting his grass would save his life.

Last spring, during his annual physical, the Piscataway resident told his doctor that he sometimes felt shortness of breath while mowing the lawn. When an electrocardiogram (EKG) showed a very slight abnormality, Mr. Hart was referred to Dr. Sharan Mahal, a board certified cardiologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset.

A stress test and diagnostic angiogram performed at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, revealed devastating results. Three of Mr. Hart’s arteries were 80 to 90 percent blocked, including the left main artery, which is known as the “widow maker” because it can kill you instantly when completely blocked!

Dr. Mahal was able to schedule Mr. Hart for open-heart surgery at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick the next day. The surgery was successful and Mr. Hart was back at home five days later.

According to Dr. Mahal, the surgery was lifesaving and life prolonging: “With the blockages, his chance of surviving three years was close to zero, but now he can live the next 20 or more years.”

Today we ask that you consider a gift in support ofRobert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset’s Cardiovascular Program during American Heart Month.

As the county population rapidly expands, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset expects to see the greatest demand for cardiac services in its history within the next 10 years. With your help, our skilled physicians will be there for people like Thomas Hart, who will be out mowing his lawn again this spring.

All present and future funds raised by Somerset Health Care Foundation will be committed to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset – the facilities that you have used on Rehill Avenue and the surrounding off-site locations will continue to serve our community.

Click here to make a donation.

To learn more about Cardiovascular Services, the symptoms of a heart attack and risk factors for heart disease, click here.

To read more of Thomas Hart’s amazing story, click here.