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. As part of our accreditation, Lincoln Medical Center works collaboratively with the St. Thomas Chest Pain Network which includes multiple facilities across Middle Tennessee.
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
- Abnormal excessive sweating
- Temporary loss of consciousness
Consider the following complaints so we don’t miss anyone!!
- Chest pain in ANYONE over the age of 18
- 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
- Temporary loss of consciousness - In ANYONE