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Chest Pain

Several heart conditions, including angina, can produce chest pain.

Call 911 for emergency help if chest pain comes on suddenly, spreads or is accompanied by breathing problems, rapid heart rate, nausea or other side effects.

The Pilla Heart Center’s Chest Pain Program has the latest evaluation methods for chest pain. Abington – Jefferson Health also has the only regional trauma center in Montgomery County. Our heart specialists can determine the cause of chest pain and give the newest treatments quickly.

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. An aortic tear (aortic dissection) or a heart attack may cause sudden or severe pain.

All chest pain occurrences should be discussed with a physician.

American College of Cardiology

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. There are standardized diagnostic and treatment protocols that provide an effective and efficient evaluation of patients who may be experiencing chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. Specifically, we have met strict criteria by:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

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Frank Vacante

A Sudden Change of Heart

Read how a man who woke with chest pain from a heart attack received fast help from the Abington team.

Read Frank's Story

Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac CareThe high quality and cost-efficiency of our heart services have earned Abington Hospital recognition as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Cardiac Care® by Independence Blue Cross.

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