Chest Pain Center with PCI
In 2014, AnMed Health Medical Center was recognized as an accredited "Chest Pain Center with PCI" by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). As a nationally accredited chest pain center, our top priority is to provide fast and effective treatment to patients experiencing chest pain and other signs of a heart attack. One of the criteria of a Chest Pain Center is to significantly reduce the time it takes for a patient experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack to get to a cardiac catheterization lab where an interventional cardiologist can immediately begin life-saving PCI.
To achieve Chest Pain Center accreditation, AnMed Health has implemented numerous strategies designed to reduce the time it takes to treat a blocked artery. The door-to-balloon time at AnMed Health is about half of the national average. AnMed Health also has been part of a program to place AEDs at crucial places throughout the community. The goal is to improve survival of people who experience sudden cardiac arrest outside the walls of the hospital.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
If you have any of these symptoms or think you're having a heart attack, call 911 right away:
- Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back
- Feeling weak, light-headed or faint
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
Often, women do not experience the same heart attack warning signs as men. Common early warning signs in women are:
- Lower chest pain or abdominal pain
- Light headedness, feeling faint or sweating
- Back pain
Calling 911 is the best way to get to the hospital. EMS staff can begin life-saving treatment immediately and notify the hospital of your arrival. Remember, in a heart attack time saved is heart muscle saved.
Cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the United States and nearly 400,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur annually. Survival depends on immediately getting CPR from someone nearby. Sadly, 89 percent of people who suffer a cardiac arrest outside the hospital die because they don't receive immediate CPR from someone at the scene. The American Heart Association's new "Hands-Only CPR" technique centers around two easy steps: (1) call 911 and (2) push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the classic disco song "Stayin' Alive."
Widespread CPR training and increased awareness about early heart attack care and the importance of calling 911 are critical to saving lives. For more information on "Hands-Only CPR" or Early Heart Attack Care, visit heart.org/handsonlycpr.
Are You at Risk for a Heart Attack?
If you think you may be at risk for a heart attack, ask your doctor about HeartScore Plus. This non-invasive screening calculates your risk of heart attack.
The screening includes:
- a 16-slice GE CT scan that checks for coronary artery hard-plaque buildup
- a comprehensive personal and family health history risk assessment
- a blood cholesterol test
- a blood pressure reading
- an EKG
HeartScore Plus screenings require a physician referral. Appointments can be made through First Call Scheduling by calling (864) 512-6255.