Accredited Chest Pain Center
Dallas Regional Medical Center has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the
American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services, an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming
cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create
communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient
Hospitals that have received ACC Accreditation Services accreditation have
achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive
with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized
diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective
evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients
with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a
point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other
medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an
attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Dallas Regional Medical Center
engaged in rigorous evaluation by ACC Accreditation Services for its ability
to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart
attack. To the community served by Dallas Regional Medical Center, this
means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
- Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when
the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart
attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly
admitted to the hospital
Heart Attack Warning Signs
When you're experiencing a heart attack, every moment counts. The problem
is that most heart attacks aren't like the sudden ones you see in
the movies - many start slowly, with discomfort, leaving individuals to
wait too long before getting help.
Here are some signs that could mean you're experiencing a heart attack:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of
the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes
back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain
or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Remember, men and women are a little different when it comes to symptoms.
Like men, the most common heart attack symptom for a woman is chest pain
or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience
some of the other less common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath,
nausea or vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Learn the signs, but remember, even if you're not sure it's a heart
attack, tell a doctor about your symptoms and have it checked out. Minutes
matter! Fast action can save lives - maybe your own. Don't wait to
call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.
If you are experiencing chest pain or think you may be having a heart attack,
please call 9-1-1.