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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
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea

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