Heart Attacks Don’t Care, But We Do

May 24, 2021

Jackson Purchase Medical Center holds Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Heart attacks can happen anytime, anyplace—and to anyone. And when they do, every minute matters. Jackson Purchase Medical Center is better equipped than ever to offer live-saving care when and where you need it.

The American College of Cardiology has recognized Jackson Purchase Medical Center for its continual, demonstrated expertise and commitment in treating patients with chest pain. Jackson Purchase Medical Center was awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation nearly a decade ago based on rigorous onsite evaluation of our team’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. Now at a v6 accreditation, Jackson Purchase Medical Center is working toward a v7 accreditation. 

This designation underscores our commitment to providing high quality emergency heart care close to home for the residents of Graves County and the surrounding communities. To earn this designation, Jackson Purchase Medical Center worked closely with key community partners, including the Mayfield-Graves County Fire Department and EMS to enhance coordination among everyone involved in a patient’s care—from first responders to the hospital emergency department team, from critical care staff to cardiac rehab.

As an accredited Chest Pain Center, Jackson Purchase Medical Center has committed to a higher standard of care for emergency cardiac services, continual quality improvement in heart care, and community education and resources to help keep hearts healthy.

The warning signs of heart disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S., responsible for one in four deaths, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). But it doesn’t have to be. Through education and early treatment, heart disease can be successfully treated and, in many cases, even prevented.

Protect yourself and your loved ones by knowing the warning signs and symptoms people may experience before a heart attack:

• Chest pain or discomfort
• Upper body pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
• Shortness of breath
• Nausea, lightheadedness or cold sweats

While these are the primary signs of heart attack in adults, women can often experience less commons signs and symptoms, such as:

• Sharp, burning chest pain
• Fluttering in the chest (also known as arrhythmia)
• Pain in the neck, jaw, abdomen or throat
• Upper back pain
• Indigestion or heartburn
• Nausea or vomiting
• Extreme fatigue
• Upper body discomfort
• Shortness of breath
• Swelling of the feet, ankles, legs or abdomen

The good news is that everyone can lower the risk of heart disease by knowing these early signs of heart attack and practicing good preventive habits, including exercising regularly, eating a nutritious diet, avoiding smoking and controlling your blood pressure.

If you or someone you know experiences symptoms of a heart attack, contact 911 immediately or proceed to the nearest emergency room or Accredited Chest Pain Center.

To learn more, call us at 270.251.4100