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As an accredited Chest Pain Center, the Littleton Adventist Hospital cardiac services
team partners with EMS to ensure every patient with chest pain receives immediate evaluation and treatment.
A heart attack is a life-threatening emergency in which minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
It is the leading cause of death in the U.S.,
however, up to 95% of patients hospitalized due to a heart attack survive.
Symptoms of a heart attack are often slow to progress
and may even come and go.
It is important to recognize them and seek medical attention immediately.
Learn more about the causes, symptoms and treatments for a heart attack.
For more information and interactive tools, visit:
The American Heart Association
Centura Health, Heart Center
Littleton Hospital was the first hospital in Colorado to be accredited by the SCPC in 2005 and received accreditation again in September 2011.
What is an Accredited Chest Pain Center?
An accredited chest pain center follows an operational model for the care of patients with heart disease. Much like a trauma center, a chest pain center encompasses the entire continuum of care for cardiac patients and includes dispatch, emergency care, the catheterization lab, and the facility's quality assurance plan and community outreach program.
Chest pain center accreditation is a process improvement tool that helps facilities integrate successful practices and the newest paradigms into their cardiac care processes. This ensures that patients receive state-of-the-art cardiac care.
From the October 2011 issue of
Your Health Your Hospital
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