When you are suffering from chest pain, the ability of health care workers to respond rapidly and deliver quality care can mean the difference between life and death. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain, and 600,000 people die annually from heart disease.
Chest Pain Accreditation
Call 911 to Save Your Heart
If you or a loved one experiences signs of a heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Through meeting and exceeding national quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine, Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital is a fully accredited chest pain center. The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care only bestows this accreditation to facilities that meet or exceed a range of stringent criteria including:
- Implementing protocols for rapid diagnosis and treatment
- Establishing community outreach programs to educate the public on heart attach symptoms
- Creating processes for continual improvement and continuing education for the chest pain center staff
- Integrating the emergency department with local EMS
Know the Signs
If you are having chest pains with any of the following symptoms, it may be an indicator of a heart attack:
- Pain in your shoulders, arms, back, neck or jaw
- Shortness of breath
Women may not feel as much chest pressure when experiencing a heart attack. Learn the signs of heart attack in women to better recognize a medical emergency when it happens.
If you or a loved one is experiencing chest pain, call 911 immediately.