Health Care As It Should Be December 2014

Upcoming Events

  • Update on Lymphoma from the 2014 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting LC
    Interactive Teleconference
    W, Dec 17, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Annual Update from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium LC
    Living Beyond Breast Cancer Live, Interactive Webinar
    F, Dec 19, 9 to 10 a.m.
    760-834-3798 Read More

    Non-Surgical Options for Pain Management KB
    National Osteoporosis Foundation Support Group
    M, Jan 5, 11 a.m. to noon
    Hazmer Cassim, DO, Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation; Pain Management
    760-423-4855 Read More

    The Gay Man’s Guide to Sex TC
    W, Jan 7, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Alex Del Rosario, MD, Internal Medicine
    760-423-4855 Read More

    Bringing Sexy Back! Maintaining a Healthy Sex Life at Any Age AC
    Eisenhower Indian Wells Healthy Living Resource Center
    TH, Jan 8, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Lisa Lindley, MD, Gynecology; Cari Sudmeier, RN, MS, FNP
    760-423-4855 Read More

    Transgender Symposium
    SA, Jan 10, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    For both medical professionals and members of the Palm Springs transgender community. Visit emc.org/calendar for complete details and registration information, or call 760-423-4855. Held at Saguaro Hotel, Palm Springs.Read More

    Gene Therapy: Will It Treat My Diabetes or My Mother’s Alzheimer’s? MZ
    W, Jan 14, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Kiarash Noorizadeh, MD, Internal Medicine; Hospice/Palliative Care Medicine specialist
    760-423-4855 Read More

    Life After Wheat AC
    Wellness Matters Speaker Series
    W, Jan 14, 7 p.m.
    William Davis, MD, cardiologist and author of Wheat Belly and Wheat Belly Total Health
    Visit emc.org/wellness for series information and to purchase tickets for this event: $55/$65 at door, or call 760-610-7360. Read More

    CALENDAR KEY
    Most classes and lectures are free and early registration is recommended. For a full listing of lectures, events, programs and support groups, visit emc.org/calendar. Online registration is available for most events.

    AC Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower
    KB Eisenhower Indian Wells Healthy Living Resource Center, Kiewit Building, Suite 103 (on Eisenhower campus)
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    MZ Mizell Senior Center
    TC The LGBT Center
     
    Would you like to have someone from Eisenhower Medical Center speak to your organization on a health-related topic? Please contact Vanessa Shanks at 760-834-7956 for more information.

 

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After a detailed review and on-site survey, Eisenhower Medical Center has earned the highest designated Chest Pain Center Accreditation by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). In 2012, Eisenhower was the first medical center in the area to be Cycle IV accredited, the highest available level of accreditation.


The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is a patient centric non-profit international professional organization focused upon improving care for patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and other heart conditions. The Society promotes protocol based medicine to address the diagnosis and treatment of acute coronary syndromes, acute decompensated heart failure, and to promote the adoption of process improvement science by health care providers.

To earn Chest Pain Center accreditation, a facility must successfully meet the Society's eight criteria:

  • Integration of the emergency department with the Emergency Medical System
  • Timely diagnosis and treatment of patients with ACS
  • Assessment of patients with low to moderate risk of ACS
  • Functional facility design
  • Organizational structure
  • Process improvement orientation
  • Community outreach, and personnel Competencies and training

Chest Pain Centers strive to quickly diagnose cardiac patients, begin treatment within minutes and significantly improve the chance of a positive outcome. Studies show that Chest Pain Centers reduce mortality rates by 37 percent. The emphasis of Chest Pain Centers includes focusing on high-risk patients as well as decreasing unnecessary admissions of low risk patients with chest pain. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain, but only ten to fifteen percent of the patients are diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack. An estimated 50 to 60 percent of emergency department chest pain patients are admitted to coronary care units and most are found to be free of cardiac disease. Chest Pain Centers achieve success with early intervention and rapid initiation of therapy.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. Only 13 percent of women consider heart disease their greatest health risk, yet it kills more women every year than the next seven causes of death combined - including cancer. Eighty-five percent of heart muscle damage occurs in the first two hours of a heart attack. Warning signs often include tightness or pressure in the chest and may also spread to the shoulders, neck and arms. Educating the public about these signs and symptoms allows Chest Pain Centers to assist more effectively in quickly diagnosing and treating patients.

The Chest Pain Center provides fast, state-of-the-art treatment to prevent heart attacks. A highly skilled team with advanced knowledge in the management of heart attacks provides rapid therapy to all our chest pain patients. Being treated at a Cardiovascular Center of Excellence can make the difference between life and death.

Know the Warning Signs
Most heart attacks can be minimized or stopped by seeking immediate medical attention. The key is recognizing the warning signs that your body is telling you.

  • Chest Pain is a Symptom of a Heart Attack.
  • In the event of a medical emergency, please dial 911.

Chest pain is the most common symptom associated with a heart attack. But you might also have any of the following heart attack symptoms:

  • Throat or jaw pain radiating to the left shoulder
  • Pain that radiates down the left arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mid-back pain radiating to the chest
  • Chest tightness or pressure>
  • Chest discomfort (severe heartburn unrelieved with antacids)

These symptoms may also be accompanied by:

  • Fainting
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Dizziness

Don't ever ignore a heart attack symptom. Because the longer you wait to get help, the greater the chance your heart will be permanently damaged. If you ever feel any of these symptoms... immediately call 911.