POTTSTOWN PA – Pottstown Memorial Medical Center recently received chest pain center accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the hospital said Wednesday (Aug. 10, 2016). The honor recognizes “the hospital’s commitment to highest standards in the country for heart failure care,” it added.
“An accredited center’s … approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack,” according to the hospital. “Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early, nor needlessly admitted.”
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Dr. Lori Lorant-Tobias, emergency department medical director at the hospital. “About 85 percent of muscle damage can take place within the first hour of a cardiac event. Patients should also know that arriving by ambulance to the emergency department helps to ensure that they will not wait to be seen by a physician.”
The hospital said its accreditation links it with other medical specialties, such as the local emergency medical system, which results in shorter response times, communication among emergency responders, and expedited treatment for cardiac patients.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease.