Chest Pain Center

Heart Attack Patients Can Count on the Chest Pain Center

Southern Regional knows that time is critical diagnosing and treating heart attacks. Every second counts during a heart attack.

We have been recognized by the Society of Chest Pain Centers as a certified chest pain center with a specialty in performing angioplasty procedures.

Our designation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention, also known as angioplasty) ensures that Southern Regional Medical Center meets or exceeds national standards for cardiac care, and routinely performs angioplasty - a less-invasive alternative to open-heart surgery for certain heart attack patients.

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"Southern Regional performs over 250 angioplasty procedures each year," says Donna Waggoner, managing director of heart and vascular services for Southern Regional. "This is a terrific distinction for our hospital and a great benefit to our community as only 25 percent of hospitals, nationally, can perform angioplasty."

Southern Regional was the second hospital in the Atlanta area to receive this prestigious accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers, and it is the only one in the South metro area.

There are only five other hospitals in Georgia that hold this highest level of cardiac accreditation.

Moving Fast to Save Lives

An important part of our expertise is that we can quickly diagnose heart attack patients and provide rapid angioplasty. This is critical because treating patients quickly means saving more heart muscle.

If you come to our Emergency Department with chest pain, you will be assessed promptly and if needed, sent to our chest pain center right away.

Southern Regional also works closely with local Emergency Services to decrease the time between the initial 911-call and medical treatment or angioplasty.

Nationally Accredited Lab

Our hospital is the only hospital based vascular lab accredited in south metro Atlanta.