Cardiac Clinical Decision Unit (CCDU)
The most experienced, comprehensive and advanced cardiac center in the Northland is taking services to another level when the Cardiac Clinical Decision Unit (CCDU) opens in January 2014.
The CCDU will further enhance the level of services provided to the community by focusing on a congestive heart failure clinic, advanced cardiac imaging services and a dedicated area for patients with cardiac symptoms.
The CCDU is a unique hospital unit to the Kansas City area dedicated to rapid, efficient, cost-effective evaluation and treatment of:
- new-onset atrial fibrillation
- first fainting episodes
- patients with no history of heart disease, but have chest pain that could be cardiac related
Congestive Heart Failure Clinic
Congestive heart failure often means repeated trips to the hospital. The Hospital’s Congestive Heart Failure Clinic will help people remain in their homes through the efforts of a team of health professionals dedicated to each patient. Currently the service is available on a limited basis but will expand to its own clinic location in January.
Education on weight management and diet to better manage their condition also will be provided.
A new PET/CT scanner will consolidate imaging services and bring advanced imaging capabilities for diagnosing cardiac conditions. The one test evaluates blood flow through the heart while viewing the heart’s anatomy.
The cardiac PET/CT scanner will allow for more accurate noninvasive cardiac imaging which will help better identify patients with coronary disease and better select patients who can benefit from a cardiac catheterization. This increased accuracy has been shown to overall decrease costs and improve outcomes.
Another benefit to a quicker exam means reduced exposure to the radioactive substance used for all imaging tests. Instead of three hours of exposure, the technology decreases that time to about 30 minutes.
Dedicated Area for Cardiac Care
Someone suffering a heart attack requires quick care for the best outcome. But often, a cardiac condition isn’t so easily diagnosed and more time may be required for monitoring. Typically this evaluation is done in the emergency department where physicians and staff see all types of patients.
Beginning in January a new area will open just for people with new and ongoing cardiac conditions, like atrial fibrillation and heart failure, and those who require further evaluation for conditions, such as chest pain and syncope (fainting).
By moving these patients from the ER we keep the ER open for emergent patients and provide specialized care for cardiac conditions in a dedicated area.
A focus for this area also will be on patient education and helping people get on track with a healthy lifestyle through diet, exercise and the help of healthcare specialists.