Understanding Your Chest Pain
The heart care team at Mountain States Health Alliance wants to help you understand what could be causing your chest pain. Some chest pain may return often and be bothersome to you, but may not be dangerous. However, some chest pain may be a sign of a serious condition. Understanding these causes of chest pain will help prepare you and your family for your stay with us.
Chest Pain Center at JCMC
23-Hour Observation Unit
The 23-Hour Observation Unit at Johnson City Medical Center allows the staff to closely observe patients with chest pain. Many serious heart conditions can be ruled out during this observation period, allowing many patients to be released within 23 hours. Patients with more serious conditions will be admitted to the hospital for further observation and treatment.
Chest Pain Center at JMH
At Johnston Memorial Hospital, the Chest Pain Center admits patients with complaints of chest pain to observation beds. The average length of stay in this area is 18 hours. The staff conducts tests such as serial troponin and EKGs to rule out cardiac events; in most cases, patients are then scheduled for an inpatient or outpatient stress test. Patients with abnormal test results can now receive heart catheterizations in the JMH Cath Lab.
JCMC's accredited Chest Pain Center
Johnson City Medical Center is the first facility in Northeast Tennessee to become an accredited Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the Accreditation Review Committee of the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
JCMC has earned full accreditation with PCI because it has cardiac catheterization lab capabilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week and because team members at JCMC, local EMS, Emergency Department physicians and cardiologists work collaboratively to assure cardiac care meets the highest clinical standards.
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the Society of Chest Pain Centers is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.
Chest Pain Services
- Telemetry monitored beds for chest pain patients
- Protocol to include EKGs and lab draws every four hours
- Only accredited Chest Pain Center in the region at JCMC