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Early signs

 
Early signs and symptoms that can begin hours or days before a heart attack. You may or may not experience any or all of these symptoms. You may experience mild chest symptoms, such as pressure, burning, aching or tightness. These symptoms may come and go until finally becoming constant and severe.
  • Nausea
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Feeling of fullness
  • Sleep disturbances including bouts of insomnia or trouble either getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • Indigestion

If you one or more of these symptoms, you owe it to yourself to get these symptoms checked out immediately at one of our facility's Emergency Department.

STRHS - Lawrenceburg is an accredited Chest Pain Center, certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

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Chest Pain Accreditation

Southern Tennessee Regional Health System Lawrenceburg has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), the accrediting arm of the American College of Cardiology. SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization focused on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.

Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

To become an Accredited Chest Pain Center, STRHS Pulaski engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack. To Lawrence County,  this means that processes are in place that meet strict criteria aimed at:

  • Reducing the time from onset of symptoms to diagnosis and treatment
  • Treating patients more quickly during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved
  • Monitoring patients when it is not certain that they are having a heart attack to ensure that they are not sent home too quickly or needlessly admitted to the hospital

STRHS Lawrenceburg addresses the entire continuum of care for the heart patient, including important areas such as dispatch, Emergency Medical System, emergency department, quality assurance plan, and the STRHS Lawrenceburg community outreach program. By becoming an Accredited Chest Pain Center, STRHS Lawrenceburg has enhanced the quality of care for the cardiac patient and has demonstrated its commitment to higher standards.