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Progressive Care Units (PCU)

What is a Progressive Care Unit?

Lee Health offers two types of specialized cardiac progressive care units: medical progressive care unit (MPCU) and surgical progressive care unit (SPCU).

Patients admitted to our specialized progressive care units typically have a cardiac (heart-related) diagnosis such as post-stent placement, post-cardiac catheterization, heart attack, congestive heart failure (CHF), heart rhythm abnormalities, a pacemaker, or internal heart defibrillator.

Medical Progressive Care Unit (MPCU)

The Medical Progressive Care Unit (MPCU) provides specialized care for patients with diagnoses including angina, sub-acute MI, and congestive heart failure (CHF). Many of these patients will need diagnostic tests and interventional treatments such as cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, or stent placement. Other interventional treatments include permanent pacemakers and internal cardiac defibrillators (ICD).

Surgical Progressive Care Unit (SPCU)

Patients are transferred from OHICU to the Surgical Progressive Care Unit.

Here nurses are trained in the care of open-heart surgical patients to optimize post-operative recovery. Education and counseling are provided on medications, disease management, cardiac risk factor management, nutrition, and activity/exercise guidelines before discharge home.

Cardiac discharge teaching classes provide information to you and your family regarding home health care needs. You will also be evaluated by a cardiac rehabilitation team member to evaluate post-discharge follow-up needs. As appropriate, referrals are made to medical social work and home health for discharge planning and follow-up services.

Locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Estero

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    Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

    A dedicated unit that helps you recover from surgery and cardiac medical problems. Our nurses and doctors will treat you in a hospital locations in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.

Lee Health: Your Trusted Cardiology Specialists

We offer the most advanced and effective treatments to our patients and in many cases, the treatments we provide are not available anywhere else in the region.

Medical Services

  • In-office procedures (noninvasive):
  • Cardiovascular health evaluation
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Cardiac monitoring
  • Coumadin management
  • 2D and 3D echocardiography
  • EKGs
  • Exercise stress testing
  • Holter monitoring/event recorder
  • Lipid management
  • Nuclear cardiology studies
  • Permanent pacemaker/ICD follow up
  • Vascular studies
  • Rapid diuresis (for heart failure patients)

Hospital procedures (invasive):

  • Transcatheter aortal valve replacement (TAVR)
  • Cardiac catheterization
  • Coronary artery angioplasty and stenting
  • Carotid artery stenting
  • Cardiac electrophysiology
  • Cardioversion
  • Radio-frequency catheter ablation of arrhythmias
  • Permanent pacemaker
  • Implantable defibrillator (ICD)
  • Transesophageal echo (TEE)

Cardiology Specialists Serving Fort Myers and Cape Coral

Technology and Expertise at Lee Health

The Lee Health staff at CPCU rely on proven protocols when evaluating patients with chest pain or treating patients with congestive heart failure.

Your healthcare team is here to serve you from admission through recovery to discharge. Meeting your healthcare needs is our primary goal.

Patient education is a priority for the PCU staff. During your stay, you will be given educational material about your specific diagnosis. Through discharge instructions, you and your family are informed about the necessary steps to help you with your care once you leave the hospital.

Who should I contact?

If you are an adult with a pericardial disorder, call Lee Health at 239-343-7490

Having chest pain?

In a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or your local emergency number. If you are unable to do so, ask someone to call for you or to take you to the nearest emergency care facility. You may go to any hospital in your area for emergency care.

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