HCA’s Overland Park Regional Medical Center has received Cycle III Chest Pain Center Accreditation with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, an independent body of medical experts that establishes stringent standards of care for patients having chest pain or heart attack.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI, Overland Park Regional Medical Center undertook a rigorous evaluation of the team’s ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who are experiencing symptoms of heart disease.

The accreditation reviews the coordinated efforts of the hospital team and area emergency medical services to ensure that patients get the treatment they need during the critical early stages of chest pain or heart attack.

“Patients who come to the hospital with chest pain are given immediate treatment to avoid as much heart damage as possible,” says Dan Thompson, RN, Director of Cardiovascular Services. “The primary method of intervention is PCI which unblocks clogged vessels restoring blood flow to the heart muscle.”

“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” says Ujjaval Patel, MD, Cardiologist. “Many clinical studies focusing on the treatment of heart attack patients conclude that “time is muscle”, the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome.

Call 911, if you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack.