Accredited Chest Pain Center
We became an Accredited Chest Pain Center in 2009. The designation comes from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care and enhances the hospital's ability to receive and treat patients suffering from chest pain and/or a possible heart attack. It is a partnership between our radiology department, emergency department, cardiologists and first responders. This means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
- If you are experiencing chest pain or suspect that you're having a heart attack, survive - don't drive! Call 911 for emergency medical help immediately. Every minute is crucial if you're having a heart attack, and a trip to the emergency room could save your life.
Did you know that heart attacks have beginnings? Early heart attack care (EHAC) encourages early recognition while symptoms may be mild. The 'beginnings' or early symptoms occur in over 50% of patients. If you recognize the beginning in time, you can be treated before your heart is damaged.
Seek medical attention immediately if you experience the subtle danger signs:
- Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Back pain
- Pain that travels down one or both arms
- Jaw pain
- Feeling of fullness
Each of these is not always present. Other times, symptoms subside and then return. If symptoms last more than 10 minutes, you may be having a heart attack.