Chest Pain Center
Atrium Medical Center is proud to be named the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Butler and Warren counties by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.
If you’re experiencing chest pain and possibly having a heart attack, every second counts. The sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome.
Never attempt to drive yourself to the hospital in a cardiac emergency. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately.
Learn more about the warning signs for both men and women.
What is an accredited Chest Pain Center?
A Chest Pain Center isn’t a physical department or building. It’s the highest possible accreditation for chest pain and is awarded only to hospitals that have met strict criteria to address, diagnose and treat patients with chest pain.
Atrium has proven to have the expertise and capabilities to address chest pain symptoms quickly and, if needed, take immediate steps to open the artery and minimize heart damage. The qualities of an accredited Chest Pain Center include:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are neither sent home too quickly nor needlessly admitted to the hospital
“Accreditation with PCI” (percutaneous intervention) means Atrium meets or exceeds SCPC’s standards for performing angioplasty. This procedure involves threading a catheter into a blocked artery, clearing the blockage and propping the artery open with a stent.
Whether brought in by ambulance or not, Atrium Medical Center is prepared to quickly care for patients with chest pain symptoms no matter what time of day or night.
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