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Patients with certain conditions, including acute myocardial infarction, congestive heart failure or unstable angina -- are treated in the Intensive Care Unit at the Bradley Memorial campus or the Critical Care Unit at the New Britain General campus.
The care team includes board-certified cardiologists, medical and surgical intensivists (doctors who specialize in intensive care), cardiac care nurses, respiratory therapists, cardiac rehabilitation specialists, nutritionists and other specially trained staff members. These units work closely with other departments, including Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology and, at the New Britain General campus, the Cardiac Catheterization Lab.
CCU and ICU staff also work with other hospital departments to help patients choose the best rehabilitation and wellness programs for their recovery
The Emergency Department teams at The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Bradley Memorial and New Britain General campuses are ready to deal with a variety of cardiac emergencies.
Cardiac patients are immediately placed on specialized monitors measuring vital signs and heart rhythms. If necessary, life-saving medications that break up blood clots are given immediately, bettering the chance of decreasing heart damage. Depending on your diagnosis, you will be either admitted for observation and care or discharged.
Heart attack patients may undergo emergency primary angioplasty, in which a catheter is inserted and guided to the blocked blood vessel. A balloon is inserted through the catheter and inflated one or more times to break up the blockage and restore blood flow.
When seconds count, this quick response by and experienced medical professionals trained in emergency medicine is critical.
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Cardiac catheterization laboratory
The Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory offers minimally invasive tests to check heart and artery function, as well as angioplasty to clear blocked arteries.
The lab is staffed by an experienced team of registered nurses and certified radiology technologists, led by a board-certified cardiologist. The team performs tests on an outpatient basis Monday through Friday and are on call for emergencies seven days a week.
This is a minimally invasive diagnostic test that provides clear, accurate coronary images and measurements of the heart, coronary arteries and in some cases, the aorta. It is one of the most accurate diagnostic tests for coronary artery disease.
HCC's telemetry units are staffed by board-certified cardiologists and specially trained nurses and technicians.
Telemetry allows caregivers to simultaneously monitor the hearts of multiple patients at once. Blood-oxygen level, blood pressure and heart rhythms are continuously measured and data relayed to computers. Specially trained technicians monitor the computers and are ready to react quickly should a cardiac incident occur.
Patient information and a report on the incident are generated instantaneously to expedite medical care. In a matter of moments, nurses and physicians can respond to the patient's bedside to take action.