CCU is the Coronary Care Unit – it is sometimes referred to as Cardiac Intensive Care Unit or Cardiac Critical Care Unit. Think ICU (Intensive Care Unit) but for heart patients only. CCU is an intensive care unit specifically designed and equipped to care for critically injured or sick heart (cardiac) patients.
Patients do not typically require CCU stays after routine angiogram and/or angioplasty procedures. If overnight hospitalization is required patients are typically sent to the PCU (Progressive Care Unit).
CCU is reserved for patients experiencing life-threating conditions which require constant monitoring.