Health Care As It Should Be August 2014

Upcoming Events

  • For information call the number listed, or visit emc.org/calendar. Most events require early pre-registration, unless otherwise stated.

    Quit Smoking Now! Series LC
    Six-week series. 760-834-3798 Read More

    Fact or Fiction? Popular Diet Myths AC
    Great Living Starts Here
    TU, Aug 19, 11 a.m. to noon
    Barbra Sassower, MPH, RD, CDE, Registered Dietitian
    760-610-7205; register by Aug 18 Read More

    Decoding the Lumpy, Bumpy Breast Throughout a Woman’s Life AC
    TH, Aug 21, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Andrea Randall Shih, MD, Gynecology and Obstetrics
    760-610-7205 Read More

    PSA Screening and Female Urinary Incontinence AC
    TU, Aug 26. 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Youssef Tanagho, MD, Urology
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Cognitive Decline in the Golden Years: Strategies to Stay Sharp AC
    TU, Sep 9, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Mark Minot, MD, Family Medicine
    760-610-7205 Read More

    Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group MZ
    W, Sep 10, 2 to 3 p.m.
    Alison Sachs, MSW, CSW, OSW-C, Community Outreach and Cancer Support Director, Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    760-834-7956  Read More

    Three Alternatives to Rid Stubborn Fat AC
    TU, Sep 23, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
    Timothy Jochen, MD, Dermatology
    760-834-7956 Read More

    Roadmap to Medicare AC
    TH, Sep 25, 2 to 4 p.m.
    Ricardo Gonzalez, Outreach Coordinator, HICAP of Riverside County
    760-610-7205 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
    LC Eisenhower Lucy Curci Cancer Center
    MZ Mizell Senior Center, Palm Springs

    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.