When someone experiences chest pain, it is important to seek medical attention quickly. If you have chest pain or other symptoms of heart attack, such as nausea, sweating, weakness and feeling faint with exertion, call 911 and seek emergency care immediately.
Causes and Symptoms of Chest Pain
Angina is chest pain that feels like squeezing, pressure or tightness and may radiate to other parts of the body. A heart attack or an aortic tear (aortic dissection) may cause sudden or severe pain.
All chest pain occurrences should be discussed with a physician.
Evaluating Chest Pain Quicker and More Efficiently
Chest pain can be caused by a variety of factors and is typically one of the most common reasons for emergency room visits.
To help with the evaluation of patients in the Emergency Department with low risk chest pain, Abington - Jefferson Health utilizes high-sensitivity cardiac troponin tests, the latest generation of cardiac enzyme testing.
Troponins are a group of proteins found in the heart muscle. While some levels of troponin can also be found in the bloodstream, injuries to the heart can cause these levels to increase significantly. A blood test can measure the levels of troponin in the bloodstream and is one of the tests used to determine whether someone has experienced a heart attack.
High-sensitivity cardiac troponin tests help physicians evaluate and manage patients with low risk chest pain, and can provide the information needed to rule out heart injury faster and more efficiently. This rapid testing can help emergency room physicians determine if a patient requires further hospital care or if they can be safely discharged for outpatient follow up.
When further care is required, the Chest Pain Program at Abington - Jefferson Health has the latest methods for rapidly evaluating and treating patients experiencing chest pain. Our team of specially-trained experts work together to respond to the individual needs of each patient and determine the best and most effective course of treatment.
Abington Hospital – Fully Accredited Chest Pain Center
Abington Hospital is a fully Accredited Chest Pain Center, a distinction from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This accreditation means that the Heart & Vascular Institute has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. Read the press release to learn more.
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