Chestnut Hill Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC).
To become an accredited Chest Pain Center, the heart care professionals at Chestnut Hill Hospital integrated new practices into our cardiac care program. We now use protocol-based medicines to reduce the time from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment as a part of our overall cardiac care service.
Our accreditation as a Chest Pain Center shows our commitment to delivering cardiac care to preserve the heart muscle during the critical window of time between a patient's arrival at the hospital and treatment.
We are committed to continually enhancing the quality of care for our patients.
Cardiac Care at Chestnut Hill Hospital focuses on the functions and disorders of the heart and its connected circulatory system. According to the American Heart Association, 84 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of cardiovascular disease, affecting blood flow throughout the body. Cardiovascular disease can lead to heart attacks, strokes or other serious complications.
Calling 9-1-1 for emergency help can increase your odds of survival if you're having a heart attack. Heart attack chest pain isn't always sudden or intense but it is always serious. In general, chest pain that lasts for more than a few minutes should be treated as a medical emergency. Remember, it is better to have chest pain checked out than to wait and suffer permanent heart damage or even death.
The symptoms of a heart attack include the following:
- chest pain (pressure, fullness and/or squeezing) that lasts for more than two minutes
- chest pain that is accompanied by anxiety
- chest pain that disappears after rest but returns with exertion
- chest pain the radiates to the shoulders, neck and/or arms (especially the left arm)
In the event of an emergency, call 9-1-1.