Medical City Weatherford has been recognized by The American College of Cardiology for its expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Medical City Weatherford was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
“The reaccreditation of Medical City Weatherford as a Chest Pain Center demonstrates our dedication to the care and improvement of human life,” says Donna Boone, Chief Nursing Officer at Medical City Weatherford. “Through the collaboration of our physicians, nurses, and first responders, we can provide exceptional care to those experiencing cardiac distress in our community.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is also known as coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.
Hospitals, such as Medical City Weatherford, that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year. As required to meet the criteria of the accreditation designation, Medical City Weatherford has streamlined its systems from admission to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.