Chest painMore 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.

Some paramedics can now administer an electrocardiogram when arriving at the site of the patient. These results are immediately and securely transmitted to the Chest Pain Center. If a patient is suffering from a severe heart attack, a system-wide response will begin at the Hospital prior to the patient’s arrival, ensuring the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory is briefed on and prepared for the patient’s emergency. Emergency cardiac treatment will begin instantly when the patient arrives at the hospital.

Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI

Hartford Hospital’s Chest Pain Center has received Chest Pain Center with PCI accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Hartford Hospital is the first center in North Central Connecticut to be accredited by the SCPC and is only one of two existing centers in the state.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, (Name of Facility) engaged in rigorous reevaluation and  refinement of its cardiac care processes in order to integrate the healthcare industry’s successful practices and newest paradigms into its cardiac care processes. Protocol-based medicine, developed by leading experts in cardiac care, to reduce the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment are part of Hartford Hospital's overall cardiac care service. Henry Low Heart Center's state-of-the-art heart care encompasses the entire continuum of care for the ACS patient and includes such focal points as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, cath lab, quality assurance, and community outreach.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, Hartford Hospital ensures that patients who arrive at the hospital complaining of chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack receive the treatment necessary during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Hartford Hospital has enhanced the quality of care for the ACS patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.