Hospital provides necessary care, resources to patients with heart attack symptoms

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Medical City Arlington for its demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Medical City Arlington was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary PCI and Resuscitation based on a rigorous onsite evaluation.

“As the first accredited Chest Pain Center in Arlington, now with Resuscitation Accreditation, Medical City Arlington has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of heart care for patients in Arlington and the surrounding communities of Grand Prairie, Mansfield, Fort Worth and others,” said Keith Zimmerman, CEO of Medical City Arlington. “Our emergency medical partners and patients with chest pain can be confident in the most highly skilled clinical providers in this region.”

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. Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) and Resuscitation 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, they comply with standard Chest Pain Center protocols and are equipped with a robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest treatment.

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 receiving Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation Accreditation from the ACC must take part in a multi-faceted clinical process that involves a rigorous onsite review and monitoring for sustained success. Facilities that achieve accreditation meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and have organized a team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that earnestly support the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes.