Understanding the Coronary Intensive Care Unit

Surviving a heart attack depends on having the most up-to-date equipment and knowledge on hand for emergency use. The coronary intensive care unit provides such care to a person who has had a heart attack or is believed to be about to have a heart attack.

Equipment and staff in the cardiac intensive care unit constantly monitor the heart’s activity, allowing early detection of danger signs and virtually instant attention when necessary.

Cardiac intensive care unit personnel include a resident physician who is available at all times, nurses trained in cardiac intensive care and a cardiologist who heads the cardiac team.

Equipment includes a cardiac monitor, which continuously monitors the rhythm and rate of the heartbeat and blood pressure. For emergencies, equipment for cardiopulmonary resuscitation and specialized drugs are at hand. Intravenous fluids, medication and oxygen are also available.

If you have a loved one in cardiac intensive care, you can be sure that he or she is getting the best and most continuous care available. To lower your risk of heart disease, ask your healthcare provider for help in setting diet, exercise and lifestyle goals known to keep the heart in good health. When it comes to heart disease, an ounce of prevention is still better than the best that medical technology has to offer.

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