Chest pain, or angina, is discomfort occurring in an area of your heart muscle as a result of not getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Pressure or squeezing may be felt in the chest and pain may also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back and may feel like indigestion. Chest pain is not a disease – it is a symptom of an underlying heart problem, usually Coronary Artery Disease.
St. Luke’s University Health Network has earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation with PCI. The accreditation is provided by the American College of Cardiology and is only granted to hospitals that closely follow the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association’s recommendations to improve and save lives.
This accreditation means that St. Luke’s has dedicated physicians in cardiology and emergency medicine, trained in the rapid response and treatment of heart attack. This treatment focused method of health care has been proven to reduce damage to the heart muscle.
This accreditation is a coveted national seal of approval that verifies St. Luke’s is a leader in cardiac diagnoses and interventions in the Lehigh Valley region, offering the latest technology in the care and treatment of the cardiac patient. St. Luke’s was the first health network in the region to receive this accreditation.