More than five million Americans visit hospital emergency rooms every year for chest pain.
Some causes are mild and inconvenient while others are serious and potentially life threatening.
Hartford Hospital's Chest Pain Center
is a short-stay evaluation center where highly trained staff in cardiac care provides thorough assessment, diagnosis and treatment to patients experiencing unexplained chest pain and heart attack symptoms.
The Chest Pain Center screens for the entire spectrum of coronary heart disease -- heart attack, cardiac ischemia, latent coronary disease and risk factors. Patients who have an urgent cardiac status are triaged to the appropriate cardiac unit. Lower risk patients whose status is unclear are admitted to the Chest Pain Center
for close observation, while those whose chest pain is a non-cardiac emergency are safely discharged. The goal is to minimize the time it takes to treat a patient experiencing a potential cardiac emergency.