Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit Opens at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Our cardiovascular care team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so patients can feel comfortable putting their precious hearts in our skilled hands. Dr. Rowe, medical director of the ICCU, stands in the middle, with Marilyn Margolis, MN, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer (left), Heather Redrick, nursing director of the ICCU, and other members of the cardiovascular care team at EJCH.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 935,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. In response to this statistic, and coupled with the fact that heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women, on February 4, 2013, Emory Johns Creek Hospital opened an Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit known around the hospital as the ICCU.

The nine-bed unit is for patients who have recently suffered heart attacks or are recovering from major cardiac procedures. The ICCU allows patients to receive specialized cardiac care until their condition stabilizes. Extensive heart monitoring and testing is provided by a highly trained staff that is experienced with cardiac conditions, procedures and treatments.

“The first few days after a patient suffers a cardiac event are the most crucial to their rehabilitation process,” says Don Rowe, MD, medical director of the Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit. “Emory Johns Creek Hospital now has a unique ability to treat cardiac patients in a dedicated unit that offers more specialized care to support patients and their families. Our hotel-like, all-private rooms, in conjunction with our highly skilled cardiovascular care team, allow for maximum healing during this critical time.”

Remember, in the event of a heart attack, time is muscle. It is important to know the signs of a heart attack and call 911 immediately if you or someone close to you starts experiencing symptoms such as:

• Chest Pain
• Shortness of breath
• Discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
• Nausea
• Sleep problems
• Fatigue

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