Early Heart Attack Care
Johnston Medical Centers are Accredited Chest Pain Centers
- Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis treatment
- Treating patients quicker during the critical window of time when integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
- Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital.
- Feeling of fullness
- Pain in one or both arms
- Jaw pain
- Chest pressure or discomfort
- Shortness of breath
- Back pain
What is EHAC?
Johnston Health is proud to be able to say that both of our Medical Centers (Smithfield and Clayton) are accredited Chest Pain Centers. This means that according to the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), we are experts in dealing with patients who are suffering from symptoms of a heart attack.
85% of heart attack damage occurs within the first two hours of symptoms. We have processes in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:
If someone is suffering from the following symptoms, they should be taken to an Accredited Chest Pain Center as soon as possible.
EHAC or “Early Heart Attack Care” is three things:
1. A campaign intended to educate everyone as to the early symptoms of a heart attack in order to prevent the heart attack from ever occurring. Preventing the heart attack prevents heart damage.
2. A plea to the public to be responsible, not only for themselves, but for those around them who may be experiencing early heart attack symptoms, and to help them obtain immediate treatment.
3. A public education program that concentrates on the benefits of receiving early treatment, and activating emergency medical services.
What makes the EHAC campaign different?
Unlike most programs that promote recognition of the signs and symptoms of an impending heart attack, the EHAC initiative encourages early recognition when symptoms may be mild. For the 50% of people experiencing these symptoms, the heart attack can be prevented with early treatment - BEFORE ANY DAMAGE TO THE HEART CAN OCCUR!
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