Patients who’ve suffered a heart attack often wonder how long they will have to stay in the hospital.
Immediately following a cardiac event like a heart attack, you will be admitted to the hospital’s coronary care unit or intensive care unit to recover. During the time in the CCU or ICU, you will be monitored and evaluated continuously.
When you are stable enough to leave the CCU, you will be moved to what’s referred to as a Medical-Telemetry unit. Your doctor will come up with a care plan to provide the support and medication necessary during this crucial time in your recovery.
Patients in the Medical-Telemetry unit still require close supervision. This is important to assess your progress and keep an eye on potential problems. The level of care is based on the goal of evaluating your heart’s health in a less-intensive environment while giving you time to rest and recuperate. If you are well enough, you will also participate in physical rehabilitation to help your body get back on track.
Your care team will consist of:
· Physical therapists
Under Close Supervision
In the Medical-Telemetry unit, your doctor wants to keep an eye on your heart rhythm. Abnormal rhythms may be a sign of a problem, so he or she will have you hooked up to ECG monitor to screen for potential complications. The care provided in the Medical-Telemetry unit includes monitoring of the following:
· Heart rate
· Heart rhythm
· Blood pressure
· Respiration and blood oxygen levels
The nursing staff is highly trained to understand how to read and interpret electrocardiograms. They must understand the signs and symptoms of cardiac arrhythmias and how to spot other warning signs.
Before you leave the hospital, you may be under the care of a physical therapist. The PT can assist you in activities like walking, climbing stairs and washing. You may continue working with your PT after you leave the hospital, depending on the severity of your heart attack and your recovery process. After being discharged from the hospital, you will have follow-up appointments with your doctor. Regular activities can probably be resumed within about six weeks.
If you have questions about cardiac care or about maintaining heart health, please contact us at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Serving the Hudson and Pasco County areas, we can answer your questions 24 hours a day. Call Consult-a-Nurse® at 1-888-741-5119 to talk to a registered nurse about your health, or get a free referral to physicians in your area.