Chest Pain Center
If you or someone you know is having chest discomfort, call 9-1-1 and get
to a hospital immediately.
- Frederick Memorial Hospital is accredited as a Chest Pain Center with Percutaneous
Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient
Care (SCPC), its highest level of accreditation. This means our patient
care procedures have been approved and recognized as exceeding the rigorous
standards of the Society. FMH uses a team approach with physicians and
staff to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of
a heart attack, when treatment is most effective.
- The Chest Pain Center (CPC) is a designated area located on the 4B observation
unit. The CPC is a dedicated 24/7 clinical observation unit for patients
presenting with low-risk chest pain. As the only hospital in Frederick
County, FMH is obligated to offer quality cardiac care to area residents.
- FMH offers a full range of cardiac care services, from diagnostic services
to immediate surgical intervention to rehabilitation.
Heart Attack Facts and Treatment
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with
more than 600,000 deaths annually from heart disease and more than 5 million
visits to hospital emergency rooms due to chest discomfort. One in three
adults in the United States suffers from a form of coronary heart disease.
Women’s heart issues are on the rise. Coronary heart disease is the
number one single killer of women over the age of 25. In addition, heart
disease rates in post menopausal women are two to three times higher than
in pre-menopausal women of the same age.
Having heart trouble? Here’s what to do.
If you think you’re having a heart attack, don’t wait. Know
the signs and symptoms of heart trouble. If you experience any of the
following symptoms, call 9-1-1 and proceed to the closest emergency room:
- Pressure, fullness, squeezing pain in the center of the chest, spreading
to the neck, shoulder or jaw
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath
- Upper abdominal pressure or discomfort
- Lower chest discomfort
- Back pain
- Unusual fatigue
- Unusual shortness of breath
Keep in mind that for women, the symptoms are just as dire, but often much
more subtle (and easier to ignore):
- Chest discomfort – often described as pressure rather than acute
pain in women
- Discomfort in other parts of the body – one or both arms, the back,
jaw, or stomach
- Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort
- Cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness