Chest Pain Center Accreditation
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and other heart conditions. The Society promotes protocol based medicine to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, acute decompensated heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by health care providers.
To earn Chest Pain Center accreditation, a facility must successfully meet the Society's eight criteria:
- Integration of the emergency department with the Emergency Medical System
- Timely diagnosis and treatment of patients with ACS
- Assessment of patients with low to moderate risk of ACS
- Functional facility design
- Organizational structure
- Process improvement orientation
- Community outreach, and personnel Competencies and training
Chest Pain Centers strive to quickly diagnose cardiac patients, begin treatment within minutes and significantly improve the chance of a positive outcome. Studies show that Chest Pain Centers reduce mortality rates by 37 percent. The emphasis of Chest Pain Centers includes focusing on high-risk patients as well as decreasing unnecessary admissions of low risk patients with chest pain. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain, but only ten to fifteen percent of the patients are diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack. An estimated 50 to 60 percent of emergency department chest pain patients are admitted to coronary care units and most are found to be free of cardiac disease. Chest Pain Centers achieve success with early intervention and rapid initiation of therapy.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. Only 13 percent of women consider heart disease their greatest health risk, yet it kills more women every year than the next seven causes of death combined - including cancer. Eighty-five percent of heart muscle damage occurs in the first two hours of a heart attack. Warning signs often include tightness or pressure in the chest and may also spread to the shoulders, neck and arms. Educating the public about these signs and symptoms allows Chest Pain Centers to assist more effectively in quickly diagnosing and treating patients.
The Chest Pain Center provides fast, state-of-the-art treatment to prevent heart attacks. A highly skilled team with advanced knowledge in the management of heart attacks provides rapid therapy to all our chest pain patients. Being treated at a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence can make the difference between life and death.
Know the Warning Signs
Most heart attacks can be minimized or stopped by seeking immediate medical attention. The key is recognizing the warning signs that your body is telling you.
- Chest Pain is a Symptom of a Heart Attack.
- In the event of a medical emergency, please dial 911.
Chest pain is the most common symptom associated with a heart attack. But you might also have any of the following heart attack symptoms:
- Throat or jaw pain radiating to the left shoulder
- Pain that radiates down the left arm
- Shortness of breath
- Mid-back pain radiating to the chest
- Chest tightness or pressure>
- Chest discomfort (severe heartburn unrelieved with antacids)
These symptoms may also be accompanied by:
Don't ever ignore a heart attack symptom. Because the longer you wait to get help, the greater the chance your heart will be permanently damaged. If you ever feel any of these symptoms... immediately call 911.