The Emergency Department teams at The Hospital of Central Connecticut’s Bradley Memorial and New Britain General campuses are fully prepared 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 rapidly, bettering the chance of decreasing heart damage. Depending on diagnosis, a patient will be either admitted for observation and ongoing 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.