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St. Mary’s is the only accredited Chest Pain Center in Huntington

Why should I go to an accredited Chest Pain Center if I suspect I am having a heart attack?
Feb. 11, 2013 @ 03:13 PM

Rapid evaluation, diagnosis and treatment are the keys to better outcomes for heart attacks.

St. Mary’s Medical Center is the only hospital in Huntington accredited as a Chest Pain Center with the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.  Accreditation recognizes our commitment to quality cardiac care.

Protocols used by an accredited Chest Pain Center allow physicians to treat patients more quickly during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective. These protocols also allow physicians to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a cardiac event. Such observation helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

It is very important to call 911 at the first sign of a heart attack. Emergency medical technicians initiate life-saving cardiac treatment immediately upon arrival at the scene. By calling 911, you will reduce the amount of time it takes to get proper treatment when arriving at St. Mary’s.

Protocols are in place that allows emergency responders to alert physicians about a possible heartattack victim before the patient even reaches St. Mary’s.

Treatment begins immediately. Paramedics transmit the patient’s 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) directly to the hospital. The Emergency Room physician can immediately diagnose a heart attack. Cardiac Catheterization staff are activated and prepared to treat the patient upon their arrival.

For more information about our heart services, call 304-526-6029.

Chest Pain?
Call 9-1-1 and tell them, “Take me to St. Mary’s.”

Each year, thousands of people survive heart attacks and go on to live normal lives. The key to survival is to know the symptoms and to act quickly with treatment at an accredited chest pain center.  St. Mary’s is the only accredited chest pain center in Huntington.

Fast Facts About Heart Attacks
You’ve probably seen movies where people clutch their chests because they’re having heart attacks.

Sometimes they happen like that— intense chest pain, perhaps with pain in an arm or the jaw. There’s no doubt what’s going on. However, sometimes heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.

Warning Signs of Heart Attack
• Chest Discomfort. Most heart attacks involve chest discomfort. It may last for several minutes or go  away and come back. It may feel like pressure squeezing, fullness or pain.
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Be alert to pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
• Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
• Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea/vomiting, or lightheadedness.

Heart attacks are serious business—every second counts. If you see or feel any of these symptoms, get help.

Reduce Risk Factors for Heart Attacks
There are two types of risk factors for heart attacks: Those you cannot change and those you can.

Risk factors that can’t be changed:
• Age
• Gender
• Heredity

Risk factors you can change:
• Quit smoking
• Keep your cholesterol levels where they belong
• Lower your blood pressure through diet, physical activity and medication if necessary
• Make smart, healthy food choices
• Control your weight
• Increase your physical activity levels

Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and get the facts and help you need to move forward. When it comes to your health, you are the cure.