Chest Pain Center Accreditation
A heart attack can happen to anyone, anytime, anywhere. That’s why it’s important to be prepared. Know the warning signs of a heart attack and call 9-1-1 if you, or anyone you know, is experiencing chest pain.
The staff at Providence Medical Center has the skills and expertise to get you the care you need, when you need it. The hospital having full accreditation from the American College of Cardiology’s accreditation ensures you that Providence meets or exceeds nationally recognized standards set for quality patient care.
Know Heart Attack Warning Signs
By heeding the warning signs of a heart attack and getting to an accredited Chest Pain Center as quickly as possible, you can increase the odds that you, or someone you know, will survive a heart attack. Here are the warning signs of a heart attack as recognized by the American Heart Association:
- Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the center of the chest. Typically, it lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back.
- Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea/vomiting or lightheadedness
If you or anyone you know experiences chest pain, dial 9-1-1 for help immediately. Don’t drive to the Emergency Room. Providence is in constant communication with the ambulance crew and receives the patient’s heart tracings while they are en route to the hospital.