Chest Pain Center
Saving Lives with Immediate & Effective Treatment
Emergency departments are not all equal in their ability to provide advanced
diagnostics, immediate care, and fast interventional care. Accreditations
exist to help patients know when their local emergency department specializes
in treating certain medical problems, like chest pain.
Valley Health is proud that Winchester Medical Center has been a designated
Chest Pain Center since 2006, as recognized by the American College of
Cardiology Accreditation Services. In addition, Warren Memorial Hospital,
another Valley Health hospital, was designated as a Chest Pain Center
in 2012. This means that known specialists in the field of heart attack
treatment have testified that our patients receive the best possible care.
Our designation is an incredible achievement, as the ACC has very robust
and stringent criteria.
Why Visit a Designated Chest Pain Center
Ultimately, because we provide the best possible outcomes for heart attack
patients. The sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage is sustained
to the heart—helping patients recover more fully and return to a
healthy, active life. Chest Pain Centers can also offer more precise and
advanced diagnostic tools, leading to more accurate treatment.
Response time is also a vital part of what makes the Chest Pain Center
effective. In our case, WMC has eliminated the 30-minute wait time for
our catheterization lab—meaning patients receive life-saving, interventional
The Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Chest Pain / Discomfort
- Upper Body Discomfort
- Shortness of Breath
- Cold Sweat
- Nausea / Vomiting
- Fatigue / Weakness
- Heart Palpitations
For women, heart attack symptoms also include:
- Abdominal Pain
- Clammy Skin
- Sudden Fatigue
If you experience any of these symptoms in any combination, call 9-1-1
IMMEDIATELY. While it is possible that the symptoms are not a heart attack, being cautious
is far better than the alternative. Don't wait to seek help. Make
trained EMS first responders your first call, rather than driving to the
emergency department yourself.
Survive. Don't Drive!
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