Methodist Hospitals has received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an international, Ohio-based nonprofit organization.
Hospitals that have received accreditation from the society have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.
The accreditation ensures that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack are treated during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved, according to the hospital.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Dr. Nazzal Obaid, Medical Director of the Heart and Vascular Institute, in a statement. “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.”
To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Methodist Hospitals re-evaluated and refined its cardiac care processes to integrate the industry's successful practices and newest paradigms, according to the hospital.
Courtesy of the Times