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(Redding, CA, August 1, 2023) – Shasta Regional Medical Center has been recognized nationally by The American College of Cardiology (ACC) and awarded Chest Pain Center Accreditation for demonstrated expertise and commitment to treating chest pain patients. The hospital was reviewed based on rigorous onsite evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

“Shasta Regional Medical Center joins an elite group of hospital organizations in achieving Chest Pain Center Accreditation,” said Casey Fatch, CEO of Shasta Regional Medical Center. “Our excellent team of cardiac and emergency medicine professionals are committed to providing leading-edge cardiac care to our community.”

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in treating patients with heart attack symptoms. The evaluation covers early assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. Accredited hospitals have streamlined their systems from admission to evaluation to diagnosis and treatment all the way through to appropriate post-discharge care and recommendations and assistance in patient lifestyle changes.

Key areas in which a Chest Pain Center must demonstrate expertise include:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • team of doctors, nurses, clinicians, and other administrative staff that supports the efforts leading to better patient education and improved patient outcomes
  • They are supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of a heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely to have atypical symptoms such as pain in the lower back, shoulder, neck, or jaw, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness, and fainting.

“Our staff has been specially trained to handle rapid diagnosis and fast-track care during the critical early stages of a heart attack when treatments are most effective,” said Jessica Kandybe, Cardiology Nurse Practitioner, Director of Cardiac Rehab and Chest Pain Committee Chairperson at Shasta Regional Medical Center.

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For information on Cardiac Services and other programs and services available at Shasta Regional Medical Center, visit https://shastaregional.com/our-services/cardiac-services
For more information on Chest Pain Center Accreditation, visit https://cvquality.acc.org/accreditation/services/chest-pain-center-accreditation.