North Alabama Medical Center first received full accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) in 2014. The American College of Cardiology renewed this honor in 2019. North Alabama Medical Center has Primary PCI available 24/7 every day of the year with a call team made up of the cardiac cath lab staff and an interventional cardiologist who arrive to the facility within 30 minutes.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.
North Alabama Medical Center’s accredited Chest Pain Center’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective and to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a coronary event. Such observation helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
The accredited Chest Pain Center at North Alabama Medical Center has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing an onsite review by a team of SPCP’s accreditation review specialists. Key areas in which an Accredited Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include the following:
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Women are more likely to experience symptoms other than chest pain. They may have a greater tendency to have pain just under the breastbone, or complain of abdominal pain, indigestion, difficulty breathing, nausea and unexplained fatigue.
If you see any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1. If you cannot access EMS, have someone drive you to the hospital. Don’t drive yourself unless there is absolutely no other option.
Symptoms may go away and come back. You may not have all of these symptoms in every heart attack or stroke.