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)
- Not exercising or being overweight
- High cholesterol
- 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
- Abdominal pain
- Shortness of breath
Consider the following complaints so we don’t miss anyone!!
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- 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
Early Heart Attack Care