Dr. Godkar Answers CBMC Staff Questions

Dr. Darshan Godkar, Director of the Trans-radial Program, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory at CBMC, is answering our staff’s questions! Learn more about Dr. Godkar and the Trans-radial Program here at CBMC!

NJ Top Cardiologist Dr. Godkar with patient - magazine feature

Dr Godkar featured in April/May issue of Morris/Essex Health & Life!

View the Full Publication here: https://issuu.com/wainscotmedia/docs/msx_april_2023_issuu/24

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Dr. Godkar featured in article from Diagnostic and Interventional Cardiology

Increasing Early Detection of Atrial Fibrillation Through Improved Short-Term Monitoring

Originally published: Dec 07, 2021, on https://www.dicardiology.com/article/increasing-early-detection-atrial-fibrillation-through-improved-short-term-monitoring

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Dr Godkar featured in a-fib early detection article
pg 2 article featuring dr godkar about a-fib detection

View original article: https://www.dicardiology.com/article/increasing-early-detection-atrial-fibrillation-through-improved-short-term-monitoring

Cardiac Catheterization do's and dont's

Do’s and Don’ts after your Cardiac Catheterization


  • Keep your bandage clean and dry for 24 hours after the procedure
  • You can remove the bandage after 24 hours from your procedure, remember to wash your hands before removing the bandage 
  • If you notice any bleeding, lie down, apply pressure over the site and call your doctor
  • You can shower after 24 hours from your procedure
  • If we used your wrist for the procedure- you may elevate it on a pillow for comfort
  • Take your medications as directed by your doctor 
  • Take short walks around your house 
  • Rest and resume your usual activity


  • Don’t lift anything over 10 pounds for 1 week
  • Don’t submerge your site (wrist or groin)  in water (bath or pool) for 1 week after procedure
  • Don’t drive or operate heavy machinery for 48 hours after your procedure 
  • Don’t consume alcohol for 48 hours after your procedure 
  • Don’t sign any legal documents for 48 hours after your procedure 
  • Don’t strain while having a bowel movement, make sure you eat fiber rich foods like fruits whole grains and vegetables 

Go to the Emergency room if  you have ….

  • Chest pain
  • Trouble breathing
  • Fast heart beat 
  • Feeling dizzy 
  • Numbness or weakness of your face, arm or leg specifically on one side of your body 
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Sudden difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance
  • Sudden onset of severe headache 
help scheduling covid vaccine nj

COVID-19 VACCINE – What NJ Residents Need to Know

COVID-19 VACCINE Information

We are over a year into this pandemic but we now have a light at the end of the tunnel. We have 3 safe and effective vaccines approved in the U.S.  Almost everyone should be getting vaccinated when it is your turn.  If you have specific questions about the vaccine or if you should get it, please contact your doctor to discuss.  The vaccine is free to everyone regardless of insurance or immigration status. The bigger question now is how to get the vaccine scheduled.  This is a summary of all the places and websites with special emphasis on help for seniors over 65 finding it hard to find a vaccine or difficulty navigating the internet/computer.

NJ SENIORS CAN CALL 855-568-0545 8am-8pm for help scheduling a vaccine

Websites NJ residents can register on:

State of New Jersey:  https://covidvaccine.nj.gov/

Atlantic Health: https://www.atlantichealth.org/conditions-treatments/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-vaccine.html#alerts

St. Luke’s Health Network : https://www.slhn.org/covid-19/protect-yourself/covid-19-vaccine

By County – Websites to register on:

Warren county : http://www.co.warren.nj.us/Healthdept/WCCOVIDVaccine.html  must check repeatedly for when vaccine available

  If you need assistance scheduling an appointment you can call 908-878-3188 press 2  Monday-Friday 10-2

Morris County : sign up at Atlantic website

Sussex County : register for Fairgrounds: https://www.sussex.nj.us/cn/webpage.cfm?TPID=17520

Seniors 65+ can call 856-249-7007 8am-8pm for assistance

Pharmacies offering the COVID Vaccine:

Shop Rite:  https://shoprite.reportsonline.com/shopritesched1/program/Imm/Patient/Advisory

CVS: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp

Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302

Seniors 65+ can call their local Walmart for dedicated senior appointments if that store is giving the vaccine.

Weis: https://www.weismarkets.com/pharmacy-services

Helpful Websites for Seniors Scheduling the COVID Vaccine

 Here are other sources for seniors (computer savvy children or grandchildren may need to help) 

NJ Vaccine Matchmakers for seniors

 (65 and older) : https://wgirls.org/requestforhelp/

Get My Vaccine : https://www.getmyvaccine.org/

Find a Shot : https://www.findashot.org/appointments/us/NJ

Vaccine Spotter : https://www.vaccinespotter.org/NJ/

Facebook New Jersey COVID  Vaccine Info Group : https://www.facebook.com/groups/891546924927251/

Twitter Resources

Vaccine Bot NJ

 Twitter: twitter.com/nj_vaccine / Vaccine Bot NJ @nj_vaccine

CVS COVID Vaccine Bot-NJ : @NJCVSCovidVax

Additional resources

Related website with resource guide: sites.google.com/view/vaccine-bot-nj

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Speaker at the Tri-state Obesity Society: Obesity Medicine Virtual Career Panel 2021

February 2021

The Tri-state Obesity Society (TriOS) enthusiastically welcomes three physicians who have trailblazed careers in obesity medicine. Join us for a 1-hour presentation and Q&A during which Drs. Bijal Dave, Rameck R. Hunt, and Amy Articolo share their professional journeys, practical advice for those newly interested, and their visions for the future of obesity medicine.

Is type 2 diabetes putting your or a loved one’s heart at risk?

 ♥ If you have type 2 diabetes, understanding

your risk for heart disease is one of the most

important things you can do—for the sake of

your health and the people you cherish most.

But the good news is, the sooner you

understand your risk, the sooner you can

talk to your healthcare provider to learn more

about the link between type 2 diabetes and

heart disease. Learn about the connection.

Recognize your risk. Talk to your

healthcare provider. Spread the word.

The sooner the better.

  That is because people with diabetes are

two to four times more likely to develop

cardiovascular disease than people without

diabetes.1 That means you may have a higher

chance of having heart disease, stroke or even

dying—precious time lost with those who

mean the most.

Scheduling an appointment with your

healthcare provider is an important first step

to addressing the link between type 2 diabetes

and heart disease.


  Do you think I am at risk for a heart attack or stroke?

♥  Is my diabetes increasing my risk?

♥  What else contributes to my risk?

  Is this something I should be concerned about now?

♥  What lifestyle changes can I make now to lower my risk for
heart disease?

  If I already take a medication for my heart, am I still at risk?

  Is there something I can do to help prevent a heart attack
or stroke?

♥  What resources can help me learn more about this?

  How will I know if I’m making a difference?