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Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center

Society of Chest Pain Centers

What does that mean for you?

Spartanburg Medical Center recently became the only hospital in South Carolina to earn full accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI with Resuscitation. For you, that means we are better equipped, trained and staffed to care for you in case of a heart attack. For all Carolinians, that means not only are we the first hospital in the state but also the first in both North Carolina and South Carolina to meet the care standards and requirements of this Accreditation.

Every year, more than five million Americans visit hospitals with chest pain. Heart attacks, or acute myocardial infarctions (AMIs), are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying of heart disease each year. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is abruptly cut off, causing tissue damage.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center (CPC), we use a systematic, evidence-based and protocol-driven approach to cardiac patient care, reducing time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Better monitoring of patients when a coronary event is not initially clear ensures that patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

It is estimated that over 60% of cardiac arrests are caused from a heart attack. PCI with Resuscitation Accreditation enhances patient outcomes because it reflects application of strategies such as early recognition, CPR and defibrillation, early intervention with primary PCI (coronary angioplasty), along with therapeutic hypothermia following a cardiac arrest. PCI is a non-surgical technique for treating narrowed coronary arteries and restoring blood flow to heart tissue. Post-arrest hypothermia treatment can help preserve neurological function in survival by regulating the patient’s body temperature.

Accredited Chest Pain Centers have met or exceeded stringent criteria and completed a comprehensive onsite review by accreditation specialists with SCPC. Accreditation affirms a higher level of expertise in the care of patients with symptoms of a heart attack. Spartanburg Medical Center is privileged and pleased to offer this high level of care to our communities.

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