Cardiology and Cardiology Intensive Care Unit

Visitation Guidelines
Unit Overview
At the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin, the Cardiology Intensive Care Unit receives adult and elderly patients from the Emergency Room, transfers from other facilities, direct admissions from the Cardiology Clinic, cardiac procedural patients, intra-hospital transfers and ICU overflow. Patients also move from the Intensive Care Unit to the Cardiology Inpatient Unit, a 23-bed unit including intermediate care beds.
Common Diagnoses
The Cardiology and Cardiology Intensive Care Units treat patients for:
  • Heart attack (myocardial infarction)
  • Arrhythmia management
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Unstable angina
  • Heart catheterization
  • Pacemaker placements and revisions also take place here

Typical Services, Treatments and Procedures


Professional interventions include, but are not limited to:

  • Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of therapeutic regimes
  • Invasive physiologic monitoring such as arterial blood pressure, central venous pressure, pulmonary artery monitoring, cardiac output measurement and ECG monitoring including ST segment analysis
  • Pre- and post-cardiac procedural care
  • Administration of vasoactive and therapeutic medications
  • Intermediate care, in which stable cardiac patients may have hemodynamic monitoring and cardiac output measurement