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Chest Pain Center
The Society of Chest Pain
Centers has granted full
accreditation to the Chest
Pain Center at Community
Hospital in Munster.
When heart attacks strike, every second counts. Recognizing the warning signs and responding immediately can make the difference between life and death. The Chest Pain Center is designed to stabilize and treat heart attack patients immediately, when the chances of recovering are the greatest. Our goal is to provide the most urgent and direct care possible to minimize heart damage and enhance the level of recovery.
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Community Hospital works seamlessly with area emergency medical services and internal hospital departments to assure that patients complaining of chest pain or discomfort are provided with immediate treatment that can help to limit potential heart damage.
A specialized cardiac emergency team is standing by 24 hours a day to administer the proper care the moment a patient with chest pain arrives to the hospital’s emergency department. The latest, state-of-the-art equipment, medications and testing procedures are close at hand to stabilize and assess the patient's condition.
Patients having a heart attack or chest pain have direct access to a variety of cardiac services, including:
- A 24/7 full service cardiac catheterization lab, offering balloon angioplasty, stents, atherectomy and thrombolysis with blood clot dissolving drugs.
- Non-invasive diagnostic testing such as cardiac ultrasound, treadmill stress testing and nuclear images of the heart.
- Three-phase cardiac rehabilitation.
- Participation in national cardiovascular clinical research trials.
Signs of a Heart Attack
Don't ignore chest pain. If you have symptoms, call 911 immediately. Some of the typical warning signs of a heart attack may include:
- Pressure or squeezing in the center of the chest
- Fainting or dizziness
- Pain spreading to the shoulders, arms, neck or jaw
- Deep heartburn or indigestion-like pain
- Shortness of breath
- Sudden abnormal sweating
If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, seek medical care immediately by calling 911. While you're waiting, lie still and stay calm. Agitation can increase the likelihood of abnormal, life-threatening heart rhythms.