Nebraska Medical Center Earns Chest Pain Accreditation

Nebraska Medical Center has again earned full accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The designation is awarded based on a rigorous on-site evaluation of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

PCI is also known as a coronary angioplasty. It is a non-surgical procedure that opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

Hospitals that have earned ACC Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation have proven exceptional competency in their ability to integrate evidence-based science, clinical best practices, and the latest ACC/AHA guidelines to deliver consistent, reliable, safe, and high-quality care to heart and vascular patients.

“This designation is an important distinction for Nebraska Medicine and is especially relevant in our journey in becoming a highly reliable organization,” says Melissa Lederer, manager, Heart and Vascular Quality and Outcomes. “The ACC’s framework has allowed us to demonstrate our commitment and continued efforts around performance improvement, standardization, education, and community outreach. The end result is a dedicated team providing state-of-the-art heart and vascular care to patients presenting with heart attack symptoms. I am extremely proud of the Chest Pain team for their effort and dedication to improving outcomes for this patient population.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 735,000 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. Other heart attack symptoms include, but are not limited to, tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, shortness of breath, cold sweat, unusual tiredness, heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting.

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