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.
Leader in Cardiac Care
"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.