Chest Pain Center


Chest Pain Accreditation

An Accredited Chest Pain Center symbolizes a facilities’ commitment to improving the quality of care to the Chest Pain Patient.

The Saint Thomas Chest Pain Center Network Includes:

  • Saint Thomas Hospital, Nashville, TN
  • Henry County Medical Center, Paris, TN
  • Baptist Hospital, Nashville, TN
  • Williamson Medical Center, Franklin, TN
  • Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Murfreesboro, TN
  • Livingston Regional Hospital, Livingston, TN
  • Southern Tennessee Medical Center, Winchester, TN
  • Cumberland Medical Center, Crossville, TN
  • Crockett Hospital, Lawrenceburg, TN
  • Hickman Community Hospital, Centerville, TN
  • Hardin Medical Center, Savannah, TN (pending)
  • Monroe County Medical Center, Tomkinsville, KY (pending)
  • Lincoln Medical Center, Fayetteville, TN

Goal of the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network:

  • Educate the community on warning signs and risk factors of heart disease
  • Educate the community on the importance of seeking early intervention when experiencing symptoms of heart attack
  • Improve community emergency access
  • Improve diagnosis, treatment and intervention related to
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) at the local hospital
  • Develop a dedicated observation setting that allows physicians to monitor patients when it is not clear if they are having a coronary event

Components of a Chest Pain Center:

The components of a Chest Pain Center includes the ENTIRE facility working together to provide the BEST possible care for the chest pain patient. From the 9-1-1 call that someone is having a heart attack - to the patient’s discharge after a heart attack - to cardiac intervention.

Some statistics according to the American Heart Association:

  • Coronary Heart Disease is the largest killer of American males and females annually.
  • The estimated annual incidence of MI is 600,000 new attacks and 320, 000 recurrent attacks = that’s almost 1 million MI’s per year!
  • About 38% of people who experience a coronary attack in a given year will die from it.
  • About 82% of people who die from coronary heart disease are age 65 or older.
  • The average age of a person having their first attack is 64.5 for men and 70.4 for women.
  • So what does that mean to us? We need to be able to recognize ACS and treat it appropriately!

What are the major risk factors?

  • Any history of coronary heart disease (personal or family history)
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Not exercising or being overweight
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Your risk also increases with age (men >33 years and women >40 years

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in arms, shoulders, neck back or jaw
  • Indigestion/heartburn
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Diaphoresis
  • Syncope

Consider the following complaints so we don’t miss anyone!!

  • Chest pain in ANYONE over the age of 16
  • Abdominal pain in MEN >40 years or WOMEN >50 years
  • Nausea/vomiting and ALL DIABETICS,MEN >40 years and WOMEN >50 years
  • Shortness of breath in ALL diabetics, ALL known history of heart disease, and
  • ANY new onset
  • Syncope - In ANYONE

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