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Observation Medicine Treatment Information
We offer a wide array of diagnostic, monitoring and treatment options in the Observation Unit based on your specific condition and needs. Examples include:
- Cardiac monitoring. If you have chest pain or other potential signs of cardiac trouble, we monitor your heart continuously via electrocardiography. This type of monitoring can help us detect a variety of conditions, including heart attack and problems with the rhythm of your heart. For cardiac monitoring, we place several electrodes on your chest to keep track of your heart’s electrical activity. We do not have to make any incisions, and you will not feel pain or discomfort.
- Imaging. We use techniques such as echocardiogram, nuclear medicine and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine anatomy and processes inside the body. These test allow us to learn about the condition of your heart or other organs in a noninvasive manner.
- Medicine. We may administer medicine as we monitor and observe your symptoms. For example, bronchodilators and corticosteroids might be appropriate medicines if you have asthma. We make medicine decisions on a case-by-case basis, depending on your individual diagnosis and symptoms.
Observation Medicine Locations & Physicians
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Observation Medicine Support Services
A Sampling of Observation Medicine Support Services
American Heart Association
The website of this nonprofit organization contains detailed information on chest pain, one of the most common reasons for an observation unit stay.