HCA News

Today, Hamilton Cardiology Associates ROCKS THE SOCKS on behalf of Makenzie Cadmus and all those suffering with Epidermolysis Bullosa, the worst disease you have never heard of. EB is a rare and very painful genetic skin disease that causes the skin to blister and tear from the most minor friction or trauma. There is no cure but we get a little closer to one with every Rock the Socks picture that is taken as awareness is spread. So get those socks up and rock them!

Want to do even more?

Please visit www.helpmakenzie.com or https://www.facebook.com/RockTheSocksMakenzie/

#RockTheSocksMakenzie #RockTheSocks4EB #HCA_RocksTheSocks






In July 2016, the FDA approved the first fully absorbable stent to treat coronary artery disease. HCA is proud to announce that we have completed the first successful deployment of a Absorb stent in Central New Jersey at St. Francis Medical Center! While all other coronary stents are metallic, this stent is made of a biodegradable polymer that is gradually absorbed by the body over approximately 3 years. In addition, this type of stent releases a drug to limit the growth of scar tissue. For more information about this new exciting development, click on the link below.


Hamilton Cardiology employees along with friends and family supported the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Friday September 30th at the Arm and Hammer Park (home of the Trenton Thunder). Besides the walk itself, HCA employees raised funds for AHA and volunteered to make sure it was a successful event.

Click here to view pictures from the event!



Congratulations to eleven year old Savanna Galasso, daughter of our very own Dana Kuzma, who was made an official honorary team member of the Rider Women’s Basketball team!

Girl Battling Kidney Disease Drafted To Rider University Women’s Basketball Team


NJ-1015-logo630x420 Hear Dr. Siddiqi’s live interview with Dennis and Judy of NJ101.5 as he promotes the HCA Pacemakers wave in the upcoming Insane Inflatables race at Titusville October 24th!

The Next wave for our HCA Pacemakers team is in Titusville, NJ on October 24! Join Dennis Malloy from NJ101.5’s Dennis and Judy Show as he leads our HCA Pacemakers Team! http://insaneinflatable5k.com/trenton-nj/




NJ-1015-logo630x420Check out our HCA pacemakers team at last week’s Insane Inflatables 5k fun run at Great Adventure! Next stop for our team is in Titusville on October 24! Join Dennis Malloy from NJ101.5’s Dennis and Judy Show as he leads our HCA Pacemakers Team! Registration is now open! Remember to select our team and the 9AM wave, and enter the “PACEMAKER” promo code to get a discount with your registration! Click the link below to get started!
Check out our HCA pacemakers team at last week’s Insane Inflatables 5k fun run at Great Adventure! Next stop for our team is in Titusville on October 24! Join Dennis Malloy from NJ101.5’s Dennis and Judy Show as he leads our HCA Pacemakers Team! Registration is now open! Remember to select our team and the 9AM wave, and enter the “PACEMAKER” promo code to get a discount with your registration! Click the link below to get started!



Hamilton Cardiology is sponsoring a wave at the upcoming Six Flags Insane Inflatables on 9/12 and another on October 24th! Listen as NJ 101.5’s Dennis Malloy (from “The Dennis and Judy Show”) and Ray the Prize Guy discuss their 2 HCA competing waves and sign up today!

Hamilton Cardiology’s Doctor Caplan Receives Award for Outstanding Care



Justin M. Fox MD, FACC, FSCAI

New Options for Patients with Heart Valve Disease
There has been plenty of exciting news and research coming out of this year’s American College of Cardiology (ACC) Scientific Sessions, particularly regarding Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR).

TAVR is a minimally invasive technique to replace a diseased heart valve in patients considered high risk for traditional surgery. Often the new valve can be inserted through a blood vessel in the groin through a very small incision.

At the ACC meeting, two follow up studies were released confirming the benefits of Edwards Lifesciences’ Sapien Valve and Medtronic’s Corevalve after several years of patient follow up. Both valves are FDA approved, and several of Hamilton Cardiology’s patients have benefitted from this technology over the past few years.

In addition, a research study from Europe showed promising options for those that suffer from aortic stenosis. Aortic stenosis is a narrowing of the aortic valve that makes it difficult for the blood to eject from the heart and circulate through the body. This study is the first to demonstrate that for otherwise healthy patients with a form of aortic stenosis (who may be considered low risk for an open surgical procedure), TAVR seemed to have the same benefits as open surgery. More research is needed (and is ongoing), we expect to see more and more patients with heart valve disease treated with minimally invasive treatments like TAVR in the future.


Getting to the Heart of the Matter – An Update on Cardiac Health (Free Event)

Join Hamilton Cardiology’s Dr. Chebotarev for this free event at Robert Wood Johnson Hamiltonheart doc

Sat., February 7; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
At the RWJ Fitness & Wellness Center
• 9 to 9:30 a.m. Registration & light refreshments
• 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oleg Chebotarev, MD
• 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Kitchen samples/ShapeDown
• 10:30 a.m. to noon Health screenings: blood pressure, body fat analysis and cholesterol ($10 fee)
• 10:30 a.m. to noon Stress Management Exercises
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Time to Dance!

Registration required. Call Health Connection: 609.584.5900 Or register online: rwjhamilton.org/education




JFJoin Hamilton Cardiology’s Doctor Fox for a seminar about Cardiology

Tuesday, September 29th at the Center in Conference Room A from 6:30 to 8pm.

Justin M. Fox, MD, board certified interventional cardiologist, will be holding a Cardiovascular lecture.



From: Centraljersey.com

Twelve local cardiologists have decided to play more than the role of doctors in the battle against heart disease.

Hamilton Cardiology Associates (HCA), a 12-doctor cardiology practice with locations in Hamilton and Princeton, will participate in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk at Mercer County Park Marina Area on Sept. 7 in West Windsor.

With the goal of raising $5,000, HCA has developed T-shirts to sell to staff and patients, as well as backpacks with their logo, stress balls and paper hearts, which will be displayed throughout the practice with donors’ names. HCA is also sponsoring a water station at the event where staff will be handing out water to those walking. “The American Heart Association is instrumental in helping fight heart disease and we are beyond excited to be able to do our part to aid in the fight, especially on a local level,” said Hamilton Cardiology’s President and CEO, Dr. Mahmoud Ghusson. “We are dedicated to serving our patients and the community, and this is just another step in achieving that goal.”

According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer, claiming more than 813,804 American lives a year.

Established in 1987, Hamilton Cardiology Associates is a full-service cardiology practice that provides the highest level of quality, accessible medical care to our patients. The practice includes board-certified cardiologists, nurse practitioners and physician assistants as well as registered nurses, certified technologists and critical personnel.
For more information on Hamilton Cardiology Associates, visit www.hcahamilton.com and to help aid them in the fight, visit their team page.



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Hamilton Cardiology Associates Receives Echocardiography Accreditation by the IAC
IAC Contact: Tamara Sloper

Cardiovascular diseases are the No. 1 cause of death in the United States. On average, one American dies every 39 seconds of
cardiovascular disease – disorders of the heart and blood vessels. The American Heart Association estimates that the direct and
indirect cost for cardiovascular disease in the U.S. for 2010 was $503.2 billion.
Early detection of life threatening heart disorders and other diseases is possible through the use of Echocardiography
procedures performed within hospitals, outpatient centers and physicians’ offices. While these tests are helpful, there are many
facets that contribute to an accurate diagnosis based on Echocardiography testing. The skill of the Echocardiography
sonographer performing the examination, the type of equipment used, the background and knowledge of the interpreting
physician and quality assurance measures are each critical to quality patient testing.

Hamilton Cardiology Associates located in Hamilton, NJ has been granted a three-year term of accreditation in
Echocardiography in the areas of Adult Transthoracic by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC).
Accreditation by the IAC means that Hamilton Cardiology Associates has undergone a thorough review of its operational and
technical components by a panel of experts. The IAC grants accreditation only to those facilities that are found to be providing
quality patient care, in compliance with national standards through a comprehensive application process including detailed case
study review.

IAC accreditation is a “seal of approval” that patients can rely on as an indication that the facility has been carefully critiqued
on all aspects of its operations considered relevant by medical experts in the field of Echocardiography. When scheduled for an
Echocardiography procedure, patients are encouraged to inquire as to the accreditation status of the facility where their
examination will be performed and can learn more by visiting www.intersocietal.org/echo/main/patients.htm.
IAC accreditation is widely respected within the medical community, as illustrated by the support of the national medical
societies related to Echocardiography, which include physicians and sonographers. Echocardiography accreditation is required
in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and by some private insurers.
Echocardiography accreditation is required in some states and regions by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
(CMS) and by a number of private insurers. However, patients should remain vigilant in making sure that their
Echocardiography procedures are performed within accredited facilities, because for many facilities accreditation remains a
voluntary process.

The Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) Website can be found here.

JFLocal Doctors Share Heart-Healthy Foods & Provide Advice to Living Healthier

Hamilton, NJ – April 2, 2014 – According to the American Heart Association, 1 in 3 Americans will develop high blood pressure as a result of high-sodium diets. Below doctors at Hamilton Cardiology Associates (HCA), a 12-doctor cardiology office with locations in Hamilton and Princeton share some of their favorite heart-healthy foods, along with important nutrition information.

The doctors at HCA believe you are what you eat and that diet truly does affect your overall heart health. From almonds and asparagus, to oatmeal and soy milk, every bite or sip you take of heart-healthy foods delivers a powerful dose of nutrients that help prevent and repair damage to cells – which is key to preventing heart disease.

“The typical American diet includes a lot of empty calories from starchy, high carbohydrate foods, which can have a negative impact on blood sugar, cholesterol and overall heart health,” says Hamilton Cardiology’s Dr. Justin Fox, MD, FACC, FSCAI who specializes in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. “Many of my patients are surprised to learn about the risks that come from foods like pasta, potatoes and rice. I advise my patients to limit their portions of these foods, or to use healthier substitutes such as whole wheat pasta, sweet potatoes or brown rice.”

According to the Hamilton Cardiology doctors, a well-rounded healthy heart diet consists of the following:
• Eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other high-fiber foods
• Using olive, canola, corn or safflower oil as your main kitchen fat
• Consuming more chicken, fish and beans (which are lower in saturated fats) than other meats
• Limiting beverages and foods with added sugar
• Controlling portion sizes
• Balancing the calories you eat with your physical activity

EW“My favorite heart-healthy food is salmon,” says Dr. Edward Wingfield, MD, FACC, RPVI, FSCAI, who specializes in cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. “It is rich in omega 3 vitamins and is a great source of protein, while still being low in fat.” While Dr. Ronald Ryder, DO, FACC who specializes in clinical cardiology says, “My favorite heart-healthy meal is pesto pasta with grilled chicken, it’s nutritious and a quick easy meal, which is perfect for my busy schedule.”

The doctors at HCA encourage everyone to jump into spring by being heart-healthy. For more information on Hamilton Cardiology Associates visit: www.hcahamilton.com


About Hamilton Cardiology Associates (HCA)
Established in 1987, Hamilton Cardiology Associates is a full service cardiology practice that has been servicing Mercer County and its surrounding areas for over 20 years. Comprised of Board Certified Cardiologists, Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants as well as Registered Nurses, Certified Technologists and critical personnel, our mission is to provide the highest level of quality, accessible medical care to our patients. For more information on Hamilton Cardiology Associates, visit us on the web: www.hcahamilton.com.

JPRobotic arm to aid in heart surgeries in Trenton
By Brendan McGrath/The Times of Trenton
A new $2 million robotic arm that has been installed at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton will allow doctors to perform heart surgeries that were not previously available in the region, officials said.
Hamilton Cardiology Associates announced this week that its interventional cardiologists will be able to use this technology for procedures that were only offered in Philadelphia and New York City.
“I’m thrilled we were able to acquire this new equipment that will now allow us to perform procedures we weren’t able to before,” said Jay Patel, interventional cardiologist at Hamilton Cardiology Associates a nd the department chair of cardiology at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.
The arm is part of a new “hybrid” operating room that crosses a cardiac catheterization lab and a traditional OR, St. Francis said in a release. Catheterization labs are used for minimally invasive catheter procedures such as balloon angioplasties, while standard operating rooms are used for more invasive procedures such as open-heart surgery, the release said.
“The hybrid (operating room) enables physicians to do procedures that may require minimally invasive and open-surgery techniques simultaneously,” Patel said.
Patel said that the equipment will reduce the amount of time patients spend in surgery and their length of recovery coming out of it.


Click here to read the article online -Times of Trenton

LOKeeping Your Heart Healthy All Year Round
By Marla D. Cukor for Mercer County Women Newspaper
Let’s face it. We’ve all just lived through the snowiest New Jersey winter on record, and, truth be told, many of us spent way more time indoors—relaxing on the couch with a bag of chips and a nice hot chocolate steaming in a mug—then we know is good for us…or our heart.
“A lot of people tend to give up their regular exercise routines once the cold weather hits,” explains cardiologist, Leon F. O’Neill IV, DO, a physician at Mercer County-based Hamilton Cardiology Associates. Dr. O’Neill says that for many residents of Mercer County, a few rounds of arduous show shoveling was about as much exercise as they got during this year’s brutally cold winter. While it may have saved wear and tear on their sneakers, a prolonged lack of activity isn’t a great way to promote a healthy heart, says Dr. O’ Neill.
“It’s obviously a lot easier to exercise in the spring or summer when you can ride your bike or take a walk, as opposed to going to the gym or using a treadmill,” he says. “Unfortunately, a lot of people don’t know that heart disease is the number one killer of women,” says Dr. O’ Neill , who explains that although heart disease can be hereditary, the lifestyle choices women make—in any season—can play a big role in keeping their hearts healthy.
As part of his “healthy heart” advice, Dr. O’ Neill suggests that his patients limit their caffeine consumption, stick to a “Mediterranean” diet (rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, beans, nuts, legumes, fish, seafood) , quit smoking and, for women especially, limit their alcohol intake to no more than one drink per day.
As far as exercise goes? “The good news is that it’s never too late to start,” says Dr. O’ Neill.
“It’s important to start slow and build up,” he says, advising that 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, 4-5 days a week is the recommended regime. “The hardest part is getting started.” Dr. O’ Neill cautions that anyone about to begin a new exercise regime should consult with a physician and have an annual checkup before they start.

Dr. Leon F. O’Neill is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases, Nuclear Cardiology and Internal Medicine, and board eligible in Echocardiography. He is a practicing physician at Hamilton Cardiology Associates, a full service cardiology practice with offices in Hamilton and Plainsboro, NJ. For more information about Hamilton Cardiology Associates, https://www.hcahamilton.com/ or call 609-584-1212.

MGMillions Affected By New Medical Recommendations

Local Cardiologist Says Patients with High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol or Heart Disease
May Need To Revise Their Treatment Therapies

HAMILTON, NJ – January 20, 2014 – Dr. Mahmoud S. Ghusson, President and CEO of Hamilton Cardiology Associates, a 12-doctor cardiology office with locations in Hamilton & Princeton New Jersey, says that recently released new recommendations for modifying treatment therapies for patients suffering from elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol or heart disease are no cause for alarm—but says patients being treated for these conditions may want to schedule a visit with their cardiologist to ensure their current treatment regime falls within the newly established guidelines recommended by the medical community.

“If your current treatment is working, that’s great. You might not have to change anything. The important thing is that you follow up with your cardiologist to discuss the recent changes and see how they affect you,” says Dr. Ghusson.

Dr. Ghusson says new recommendations on maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol were published in November 2013 by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. New guidelines on hypertension were published by a committee of researchers in the Journal of The American Medical Association this past December.

“We don’t want people to think that because there are new guidelines to these conditions that they can stop their medicine or arbitrarily change their medical treatments. We advise patients who may be affected by these new recommendations to schedule a follow-up appointment with their doctor to see if they are currently on the most effective regime possible,” he says.

For patients concerned with how their insurance carriers will react to the change in guidelines, Dr. Ghusson says that the new recommendations have been almost universally accepted by most carriers, including policies covered by the Affordable Care Act (ACA)—of which Hamilton Cardiology Associates participates in two of the three plans available.

“Our top priority is being able offer our patients the widest range of comprehensive solutions while staying on top of developing and newly recommended treatment options and guidelines,” Dr. Ghusson says.

DSHeart Attack and Heart Disease: What Men AND Women Need to Know
Session Dates
Feb 6, 2014 | 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Community Education & Outreach at
Hamilton Area YMCA
1315 Whitehorse-Mercerville Rd., Suite 100 Hamilton

Join us for this informative program led by Dan M. Sodano, MD, board certified in cardiovascular disease and a member of the Medical Staff of Princeton HealthCare System, focusing on the differences between how men and women experience heart attacks and heart disease, prevention, risk factors and available treatment options.

Cost: Free
For More Information: Click here


OCImproving Health through Weight Loss Surgery
Tue., February 11; 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Conference Room A RWJ Health and Wellness Center, 3100 Quakerbridge Rd, Mercerville, NJ 08619

Join Val Prokurat, DO and Oleg Chebotarev, MD as they discuss how weight loss can contribute to significant improvements in one’s cardiac health, in particular, its positive  effect on lowering blood pressure. Fee: $5. *Free to CHW members with membership card.

For More Information: Click Here



SPECIAL EDITION: Healthy Hearts: Cardiac Support Group


Join Hamilton Cardiology’s Doctor Fox for a free seminar about Cardiac testing.

“Understanding Cardiac Testing”
Thu., December 5; 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Hosted at the Healthy Cooking Kitchen located at the 3100 RWJ Quakerbridge Road Fitness Center in Mercerville, NJ.

Justin M. Fox, MD, board certified interventional cardiologist, will explain the various types of cardiac tests including cardiac catheterization, when they are indicated, and what information they provide. Enjoy a heart healthy snack as you learn.

For more information, click here.

HCA welcomes our newest Physician, Dr. Siddiqi.

Hamilton Cardiology Associates would like to welcome our newest physician Faisal Siddiqi, MD.
Dr. Siddiqi is board certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and specializes in Cardiac Electrophysiology.

HCA’s New Additional Location at Princeton Medical Center located in the new Plainsboro Hospital complex.

To better serve our patients Hamilton Cardiology Associates is proud to announce the opening of our newest location March 18, 2013.  The office will be located in Princeton Hospitals state of the art Medical Arts Pavilion in Plainsboro, NJ.
Please click here for more information.


HCA’s Newly Opened Vein Clinic

Hamilton Cardiology Associates is pleased to introduce a new treatment that is now available in our office, for patients who are suffering from painful varicose veins.
The Venefit™ targeted endovenous procedure is a minimally invasive alternative to traditional vein stripping for patients with superficial venous reflux, an underlying cause of varicose veins.
The Venefit procedure uses a small catheter to seal the vein shut through a single small incision. The patient can usually return to normal activities within a day. Best of all, once a defective saphenous vein is sealed shut or “occluded,” blood flow immediately diverts to healthy veins. Like any interventional procedure, the Venefit procedure involves risks and potential complications.
Approximately 30 million Americans suffer from venous disease, a condition which often results in varicose veins and other painful symptoms. As you may know, this can have a significant effect on a person’s lifestyle.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits and risks associated with the procedure, or in determining if you are an appropriate candidate for the treatment, you are encouraged you to consult with your Hamilton Cardiology physician at your next appointment.
Please click here for more information.