When it comes to heart attacks, you need to get the right treatment fast. Not every emergency department can offer you the same state-of-the-art diagnostic testing and on-site options like those that are available at an accredited Chest Pain Center. Our teams of dedicated heart professionals are available 24/7 to offer life-saving care for heart attack patients.
Since 2006, Winchester Medical Center has been a designated Chest Pain Center by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Nationally-recognized experts verified that heart attack patients receive the best possible treatment while at WMC. The Society has very strict criteria and only accredits those facilities that closely follow the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association's recommendations to improve and save lives. The approach of our Chest Pain Center allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective.
In June 2012, Warren Memorial Hospital was also designated a Chest Pain Center. The hospital had to demonstrate that it has processes in place to ensure coordination throughout the full continuum of cardiac care. As a result of strengthening relationships with EMS and Winchester Medical Center, as well as focusing on implementation of improved processes for treating chest pain patients, WMH received designation as a fully-accredited Chest Pain Center.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” states James Freilich, MD, emergency medicine physician and Medical Director of WMH’s Chest Pain Center. “The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient.”
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Heart Attack Signs and Symptoms
Sometimes, despite all our best efforts to prevent them, true emergencies do occur. Having chest pain or discomfort can be serious. MINUTES MATTER. If you experience any of the following symptoms, call 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY! Every second counts.
Pressure, fullness or a squeezing pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes.
Upper body discomfort:
Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
Shortness of breath:
With or without chest discomfort
Cold sweat, nausea, fatigue, vomiting, weakness, lightheadedness, indigestion or heart palpitations
Signs and symptoms in women may be different or less noticeable. In addition to the symptoms above, women may also experience abdominal pain or heartburn in addition to clammy skin, dizziness or unexplained fatigue.
Early Heart Attack Care
Heart attacks have "beginnings," and if recognized in time, these beginnings can be treated before the heart is damaged. It's important to know the subtle danger signs of a heart attack and to act upon these early symptoms immediately. Click here to learn more
The Chest Pain Center would like to thank the many volunteers who helped spread the word about heart attack signs and symptoms this summer. Click here to see more!