The 24-hour Chest Pain Center at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast is an area dedicated especially to evaluating and treating patients with chest pain as soon as they come to the emergency room. No waiting!
What Happens First
As soon as you arrive at Carolinas HealthCare System NorthEast's emergency department, inform the nurse that you think you're having a heart attack or that you're having chest pains. Your pain will be assessed and you will be ushered directly into the Chest Pain Center where we will evaluate your condition further.
If you are having a heart attack, you will be admitted to one of our specialty heart units where highly-skilled doctors and staff will provide state-of-the-art treatment.
If it's Not a Heart Attack...
If you are not having a heart attack, you could be suffering the discomfort of angina, which is an early warning of coronary artery disease. The doctor may decide to admit you to our Chest Pain Evaluation Unit and monitor your condition for up to a 23-hour period. At that point, you will either be discharged with appropriate follow-up care or admitted for additional evaluation.
The Chest Pain Center's cardiac services range from sophisticated diagnostic testing with the most current technology to coronary artery angioplasty and open heart surgery. At the Chest Pain Center, we understand the reluctance to seek help when you're not sure if you need it and we've designed our services with this in mind. After all, when it comes to heart attacks, it's better to be safe than sorry (or embarrassed).
Embarrassment is Temporary; Heart Attacks are Permanent
The facts tell a grim story: heart attacks are today's leading cause of death of adults in the United States. But there's good news. With recent advances in treatments of heart attacks, your chances of recovery are greatly improved if the heart attack is treated at the earliest onset of symptoms.
And what's even more encouraging is that many heart attacks can be prevented altogether.
Every Second Counts
Treatments for heart attacks are time critical. In fact, when people seek medical attention during the first hour of an attack, they can reduce the amount of damage that's done to their heart and substantially improve their chances for recovery. If you experience any symptoms of a heart attack, don't ignore them. Seek medical attention immediately! Choose from one of the related links on the side of this page to learn more about the signs and symptoms of heart attacks and what can be done to prevent them.