If you're experiencing chest pain, call 9-1-1 immediately!
Heart attacks have beginnings - early signs and symptoms - which can occur approximately two weeks prior to a major event. If recognized in time, Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) can prevent death and minimize heart damage.
Early Warning Signs
If you suspect someone is having a heart attack, get them medical care as soon as possible.
Accredited Chest Pain Center
Starr Regional Medical Center's Emergency Departments in Athens and Etowah are accredited Chest Pain Centers. Our facilities emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.
Starr Regional Medical Center first received Chest Pain Center accreditation from the American College of Cardiology in 2014 and is required to complete the reaccreditation process every three years.
We are dedicated to providing our patients with the best heart care treatment available. As an accredited facility, we use the newest methods and best practices in heart care to ensure that our patients receive:
- Right care at the right time to minimize or eliminate heart damage due to heart attack
- Timely and accurate diagnoses to reduce the disruption to your life and get you back home as soon as possible
- Help and communication to better understand how to respond to your heart emergencies
- Improved quality of life after a heart episode
Did you know?
- About 750,000 people in the U.S. have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 116,000 die.
- Most heart damage can occur within the first two hours of a heart attack. That's why it is important to know the early warning signs of a heart attack.
- By sharing Early Heart Attack Care Education (EHAC), we can change these sobering statistics!
Want to learn more so you can help others?
EHAC Community Education Course
Remember: Call 9-1-1 if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. EMS staff are trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.