Written by Malavanh Rassavong
UH Portage Medical Center Now a SCPC Accredited Chest Pain Center University Hospitals Portage Medical Center received its full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC) in December of 2016.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. SCPC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment. To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, UH Portage Medical Center engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, UH Portage Medical Center has proven to offer a higher level of expertise in caring for patients with heart attack symptoms, including those experiencing STEMI (STElevation Myocardial Infarction)—a serious
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heart attack caused by a blockage in one of the heart’s major arteries.
Center demonstrates expertise in the following areas:
By achieving SCPC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, UH Portage Medical
• I ntegrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
UH Portage Medical Center’s Comprehensive Heart Services and Specialties: Cardiac Rehabilitation Calcium Score Testing Acute Myocardial Infarction Interventions (Angioplasty/Stenting) Aneurysm Repair Cardiac Catheterization Echocardiography Peripheral Vascular Disease Atrial Fibrillation and other Arrhythmias Cardiovascular Imaging (Cardiac CT) Cardiac Stress Testing Electrophysiology Heart Failure Treatment
•A ssessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly • E ffectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms •C ontinually seeking to improve processes and procedures • E nsuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel •M aintaining organizational structure and commitment •C onstructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care • S upporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack