Acute Cardiac Care


er_150 UAB combines compassionate and innovative patient care with cutting-edge technology to provide emergency and critical care to patients with life-threatening cardiac conditions. Facilities include:

Emergency Department
Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CICU)
Heart Transplant Intensive Care Unit (HTICU)
Interventional Cardiac Care Unit (ICVU)
Central Telemetry Monitoring

Emergency Department

The General Cardiology Consult Service evaluates and provides emergency procedures for cardiac patients in the Emergency Department. These cardiologists determine which patients should be admitted to the hospital and to what ward or critical care unit.

Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)

Patients with life threatening conditions

  • Acute Myocardial Infarction
  • Arrhythmias
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Post Cardiac Arrest


Patients requiring procedures

  • Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Therapy
  • Left Ventricular Assist Device
  • Angioplasty with Stent
  • Ablation Therapy

Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

Patients requiring post-surgical management of open heart surgery
  • Aortic Aneurysm Repair
  • Coronary Artery Bypass Graft 
  • Heart Transplant
  • Lung Transplant
  • Repair of Congenital Heart Defects
  • Valve Repair/Replacement
  • Ventricular Assist Device Placement

Heart Transplant Intensive Care Unit (HTICU)

Patients requiring pre- and post-surgical care
  • Heart Transplants
  • Lung Transplants
  • Ventricular Assist Device Placement

Interventional Cardiac Care Unit (ICVU)

Patients requiring interventional cardiovascular procedures

  • Atrial Septal Defect Repair
  • Internal Cardiac Defibrillators
  • Pacemakers
  • Patent Foramen Ovale Closures
  • Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with Stents
  • Pulmonary Vein Isolation

Central Telemetry Monitoring

UAB has a central telemetry monitoring system that provides continuous electrocardiogram (EKG) monitoring of a patient's heart. It records shows the electrical activity of the heart, and immediately alerts nurses and physicians to all life-threatening patterns and arrhythmias.