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Unstable angina

Mater Private Hospital Brisbane

The largest of Mater Health Services’ private facilities, Mater Private Hospital Brisbane has a total of 323 patient beds, 10 operating theatres (two of which are state-of-theart digital theatres), 24-hour private emergency service, CardioVascular Unit, Intensive Care and Coronary Care Units, Breast Care Unit, Endoscopy Unit and Day Procedure Unit.

For more information about Mater Private Hospital Brisbane, please telephone 07 3163 1111.

Visiting hours: 8 am to 8 pm (rest period 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm).

At Mater Private Hospital, we acknowledge that hospitalisation can be a very stressful experience for you. In keeping with our mission to offer compassionate, quality care that promotes dignity while responding to patients’ needs, this booklet aims to alleviate some of your concerns. It explains the general day-to-day events that may occur during your visit and the things to expect when you are discharged from hospital.

It is however, only a guide, as each person may require different treatments. If you have any questions about your treatment please ask your doctor or nurse.

Our pastoral care team offers a caring support network to all patients. The dedicated members of this team will visit you during your stay and are available at your request to discuss any anxieties or problems that you may have.

Our expectations

Our expectations for you are that:

  • you understand your diagnosis, the importance of lifestyle, and risk factor
  • you are aware of the healthy heart diet
  • you are pain and symptom free
  • you have confidence in your ability to manage at home.

Your expectations and goals

What are your expectations of the hospital stay and recovery (to be completed shortly following admission)?




Admitting nurse to complete and sign (including printed name):


Date: ___ / ___ / ______

(This booklet should be distributed and discussed with the patient/carer(s) shortly following admission.)

Day of admission

When you arrived at the Mater Private Hospital Emergency Care Centre you would have had a number of tests. These were taken to check the condition of your heart.

Tests will continue when you are transferred to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU)—you will have another Electrocardiograph (ECG) to trace the electrical current of your heart, and your vital signs will be taken to assess the function of your heart. You may also need to have some blood tests taken. Some of these tests may require you to have nothing to eat overnight until after your blood is taken tomorrow morning.

A staff member will explain the reason you have been admitted to CCU and the continuing treatments and tests you are likely to have. A nurse will show you how to use the nurse call bell, as well as some of the features of your bed area. It is very important that you tell staff if you have any pain, chest tightness/discomfort, shortness of breath or dizziness.

It is essential that you rest. Your nurse will advise if you are to remain in bed and whether you will need to use a pan or bottle, or if you can get up to use a commode chair or walk to the toilet.

Your current medications will be reviewed and may be changed. You may also need to begin new medications.

Day 1

You will have more blood tests and an ECG to assess your heart.

The nurse and doctor will explain your condition, its causes and treatment. Please advise staff if something is worrying you—they are here to help you with any concerns you may have. Again, it is very important for you tell staff if you have any pain, chest tightness/discomfort, shortness of breath or dizziness.

A nurse will ask you some questions about your health and let you know if you can get out of bed, walk to the toilet, or have a shower. It is important that you get some rest. To help with this, Mater Private Hospital has a rest period from 1.30 pm to 3.30 pm daily.

Day 2

You will have daily blood tests and an ECG to assess your heart and general health.

The nurse and doctor will talk with you about your condition. They will advise you of any other tests to assess your condition and discuss ways to improve your health and prevent this condition from reoccurring.

The nurse and doctor will also talk to you about how to recognise the symptoms of your condition and what to do about it. Again, it is very important that you tell staff if you have any pain, chest tightness/discomfort, shortness of breath or dizziness.

If your condition is stable you will be encouraged to walk to the toilet, shower and sit out of bed.

The nurse and pharmacist will talk to you about your medications. You may also be visited by a dietician, occupational therapist or physiotherapist to help you recover with your condition. A social worker may also visit to help you with any concerns you have about your work or living situation.

You may be able to attend one of the group information sessions run by our dietician, occupational therapist or physiotherapist.

Day 3

You will have daily blood tests and an ECG to assess your heart and general health.

It is important that you have a clear understanding of your condition, its symptoms and what to do about them. The staff will discuss this with you again to make sure you do understand.

Please tell staff if you have any pain, chest tightness/discomfort, shortness of breath or dizziness. If your condition is stable your nurse will encourage you to walk to the shower, toilet and around the unit.

The doctor will advise you of the level of activity you can undertake after leaving hospital, and a nurse will discuss the outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program with you.

While you are recovering from your condition you may be moved to another ward before going home. Your nurse and/or doctor will advise if you are ok to go home or if you require further tests.

Some patients may wait in the hospital until they have had an angiogram. This may progress onto an angioplasty/stent procedure as the likely interventional treatment. Your cardiologist will discuss treatment and options with you once a diagnosis is confirmed.

Going Home

Before going home from hospital you will be given new medications. A pharmacist will provide you with information on how best to take these medications.

Your nurse or doctor will make certain you understand your diagnosis, and a nurse will ensure you know how to use any required medication and check that you understand what to do if/when your symptoms return. This is very important.

Your nurse and doctor will also check that you have information on:

  • what level of activity/exercise you can attempt when you go home
  • when you can drive again and what your legal requirements are
  • when it is safe to return to work, travel by air and resume sexual activity.

Staff will inform you when to make an appointment as an outpatient with your cardiologist. If appropriate, staff will refer you to an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program in your area.

Please advise staff if you have any concerns.

Please bring this booklet to any follow up appointments you may have—it will help your GP or doctor understand what care has been provided for you at Mater Private Hospital.


In the spirit of the Sisters of Mercy, Mater Health Services offers compassionate service to the sick and needy, promotes an holistic approach to health care in response to changing community needs and fosters high standards in health-related education and research.

Following the example of Christ the Healer, we commit ourselves to offering these services to all without discrimination.


  • Mercy—responding generously to human need.
  • Dignity—respecting the worth and wishes of each individual.
  • Care—attending to all needs with intelligence and compassion.
  • Commitment—accepting and honouring responsibility.
  • Quality—striving for excellence, distinction and opportunity.

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Mater acknowledges consumer consultation in the development of this patient information.
Mater Doc Num: PI-CLN-450029
Last modified 09/8/2017.
Consumers were consulted in the development of this patient information.
Last consumer engagement date: 19/1/2014
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