Medical Services

Chest Pain Center

Mercy is the only accredited Chest Pain Center in Johnson County.
Chest Pain Center Certification
The Mercy Chest Pain Center strives to provide the most timely and highest quality care for patients at risk for having a heart attack. This is made possible by a partnership between emergency doctors, cardiologists, critical care nurses, and paramedics. They use established protocols to assess, diagnose, and treat patients experiencing chest pain symptoms.
These protocols allow for early recognition and treatment of patients during the critical early stages of a heart attack. This is when treatments are most effective.

These protocols also allow doctors to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether they are having a heart attack. This monitoring helps ensure that patients are neither sent home too early nor admitted unnecessarily.

"Code STEMI" is the protocol that allows emergency responders to alert doctors about a possible heart attack victim before the patient even reaches the hospital. Treatment begins immediately. Paramedics have the ability to transmit the patient’s 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) directly to Mercy’s Emergency Care Unit. With this information, the doctor can immediately diagnose a heart attack. At the doctor’s order, the cardiac cath lab is prepared and the necessary staff members are called.

Why a chest pain center?

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States. More than 5 millions Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain and 600,000 people die each year of heart disease. The goal of Mercy’s Chest Pain Center is to reduce these numbers by:

  • Teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a heart attack
  • Reducing the time it takes to receive treatment
  • Increasing the accuracy and effectiveness of the treatment.

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