Specialized Care Units

  • Our specialized cardiac and vascular units include:

    Cardiac Stepdown Unit
    The Cardiac Stepdown Unit is for people who need to be monitored for a pre-existing heart condition, have undergone cardiac angioplasty or heart bypass surgery, have a newly diagnosed heart condition, or have a heart rhythm disorder. This unit is also where people begin their first phase of rehabilitation.

    The Cardiac Stepdown Unit provides continuous cardiac monitoring in 28 telemetry beds and six intermediate cardiovascular beds. Before you are discharged from this unit, your nurse will educate you about your condition, medications, potential side effects, diet restrictions, and lifestyle changes. This is often the last stop on your journey through our inpatient cardiac services. After leaving the Stepdown Unit, your new lifestyle begins.

    Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
    The Heart & Vascular Institute’s Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) provides world-class treatment and nursing care for people following a heart attack, congestive heart failure, cardiogenic shock, dysrhythmias, open-heart surgery, thoracic surgery, or vascular surgery. Additional CVICU treatments include intra-aortic balloon pumps, invasive monitoring, continuous venous hemodialysis, and ventilator support.

    The people in the CVICU are critically ill and receive specialized around-the-clock care from skilled cardiac nurses. These nurses also serve as educators and advocates for patients and their families.

    Coronary Care Unit
    Our Coronary Care Unit (CCU) is an intensive care area where serious heart problems are treated. Every person admitted to the unit is hooked up to a heart monitor. This allows the patient's heartbeat and other vital signs to be monitored continuously from a central area.

    The CCU team works hard to improve the health of its critically ill patients. Treatments may include giving medicines to control blood pressure, opening blocked arteries, or treating abnormal heart rhythms. Blood work and other tests are often done to determine the exact cause of the problem. People who have suffered a heart attack stay in the CCU until they are stable.

    The nurses on the CCU have all received special training to help their patients. They also provide education and serve as patient advocates.

    Vascular Unit
    Our Vascular Unit is dedicated to the treatment of peripheral vascular disease, carotid disease, abdominal aneurysm, cellulitis, deep vein thrombosis, and non-healing ulcers. There are 21 beds on the unit and four board-certified vascular surgeons who oversee patient care.