Frequently Asked Questions About Heart Treatment at Glendale Adventist Medical Center
Q. What should I do if I think I'm having a heart
A. If you have never experienced this type of chest pain or discomfort
before, take one aspirin and call 9-1-1.
IMPORTANT: Do not drive yourself to the hospital or have a
relative bring you. This can use up valuable time during which your
condition could worsen. Call 9-1-1.
Q. How long can I expect to wait before being treated for
chest pain in the Emergency Department?
A. Chest pain patients are given high priority service in the
Emergency Department at GAMC.
Q. If my doctor is not on staff at GAMC and
I am admitted through the Emergency Department, will he or she be
A. Yes, at your request. You will be asked to
sign a Release of Medical Records, and a hospital staff member
will fax this permission to your physician or your previous
hospital to get your records.
Q. How long will I have to stay in the hospital after a
A. Some people go home the same day they have an angiogram,
depending on the results of the test. Others may stay overnight
for closer observation. Still others will remain in the hospital
for further intervention if their condition worsens. These
interventions might include angioplasty, the implantation of a
stent (a wire mesh that holds the artery open after angioplasty)
or open heart surgery.
Q. If I have to undergo open heart surgery, how long will
I be in the hospital?
A. The average length of stay after open heart surgery is five
days. If your surgery is planned and scheduled, you will first
have a series of tests and preparations on an outpatient basis.
Then, you will enter the hospital the evening before surgery.
Before you fall asleep that night, you will receive last-minute
preparations and instructions.
After your surgery, you will spend one day in the Surgical
Intensive Care Unit (SICU) under close observation by our highly
trained team of physician and nurse specialists. After that, you will be transferred to a cardiac telemetry unit, where
you will remain until you are discharged to your home.
The nursing staff at GAMC are committed to your
health and well-being and are skilled in their profession. They
will provide education and help you to recover from your operation so
that you can resume living an enjoyable, productive life.
Q. Does my insurance cover all the costs this type of
illness will incur?
A. Insurance coverage varies widely, even among
customers of the same company. Much depends on your specific
policy and what types and levels of coverage you have selected.
If you have questions about coverage that you cannot understand
after reading your insurance manual, contact your company's
benefits specialist (usually in the human resources department)
or your insurance company.