ADVENTIST LA GRANGE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee Accredited as Chest Pain Center
Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital issued the following announcement on Jan. 30.
AMITA Health St. Mary’s Hospital Kankakee was recently awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the American College of Cardiology (ACC), demonstrating the organization’s expertise and commitment to treating patients with chest pain.
The accreditation was awarded based on a rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.
Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms and have primary PCI—or coronary angioplasty, is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack—available 24 hours a day, seven days a week year-round. These accredited organizations have streamlined systems from admission to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance.
“Our goal is to deliver nothing but quality care and demonstrate our continued commitment to providing Kankakee, Will and Iroquois Counties with excellent heart care,” said Guarang Kapoor, MD, medical director of Cardiology Services for AMITA Saint Mary’s.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms. Other heart attack symptoms can include a tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw; shortness of breath; cold sweat; unusual tiredness; heartburn-like feeling; nausea or vomiting; or sudden dizziness and fainting.
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