Accredited Chest Pain Center
Supporting the Resurrection Health Care mission, the Chest Pain Centers across the system follow consistent practices to ensure fast diagnosis of chest pain and provide immediate treatment for patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Overview of Coronary Heart Disease
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), coronary heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States. Each year, 600,000 people die of heart disease and more than five million Americans visit hospitals with chest pain.
Most heart attacks, however, are not fatal if acted on quickly. Heart attack survival depends on patient awareness of heart attack signs and symptoms along with the fast evaluation and treatment of patients with potential coronary incidents.
Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack
According to the AHA, most heart attacks begin slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some warning signs that may mean a heart attack is occurring:
Heart attack symptoms:
- Chest discomfort
- Pressure, squeezing or pain
- Discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or leaves and returns
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body and may include pain in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath
- Nausea and lightheadedness
- Sweating - particularly cold sweat
It is important to note that the most common heart attack symptom for men and women is chest pain or discomfort, however, women are more likely to experience other common symptoms, specifically shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.
Every minute counts. If you experience any of the above symptoms, call 911 immediately.
- What is a Heart Attack
- Risk Factors for Heart Disease (Under Clinical Wizards)
- Statistics of Heart Disease
- Prevention of Heart Disease
- Heart Center
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Preventing a Heart Attack
A healthy lifestyle is the best defense against heart attack. See your doctor annually to discuss your risk and how to lower your chances of having a heart attack. If you don't have a doctor, search for one online.
Trust Your Care to a Chest Pain Center
The following Resurrection Health Care hospitals accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) use chest pain center protocols to ensure the delivery of high quality care to cardiac patients.
- Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago
- Resurrection Medical Center - Chicago
- Saint Francis Hospital - Evanston
- Saint Joseph Hospital - Chicago
- Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Chicago (St. Mary's campus)
A wide range of physician specialists in emergency medicine and cardiology provide 24-hour coverage to offer the most efficient level of care during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective. They educate and monitor patients to ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
Physicians on staff at Resurrection Health Care can be found in the Find a Doctor section or call 877-RES-INFO.
For more information about cardiac services throughout Resurrection Health Care, contact 877-RES-INFO.