Accredited Chest Pain Center
Palms West Hospital is dedicated to providing patients with the best heart care treatment available. As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, we ensure that those who come to the hospital complaining of chest pain or discomfort are given the immediate care necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible.
People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack – but you must react to your body’s warning signs. The average patient arrives in the Emergency Department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and better the outcome.
Palms West Hospital’s cardiac services bring together the collaborative efforts and experience of highly skilled physician specialists, nurses, technologists and other cardiovascular health professionals. Our cardiac services encompass a full range of diagnostic modalities and interventional procedures to provide the latest scientific advances in their respective fields.
Emergency Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI)
Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) encompasses a variety of procedures used to treat patients with diseased arteries of the heart, for example, chest pain caused by a build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances from the blood (referred to as plaque) that can reduce blood flow to a near trickle, or a heart attack caused by a large blood clot that completely blocks the artery.
Cardiac catheterization is a medical sub-specialty dedicated to using minimally invasive techniques with imaging guidance. A heart catheterization, or “cath” exam,is a special diagnostic x-ray imaging exam that allows your physician to see if any of the coronary arteries have blockages or evaluate heart valve functionality.
Our lab is equipped with the latest medical technology and available around-the-clock to best meet our patients’ needs. We are now able to conduct minimally invasive procedures on these systems to treat a wide range of clinical problems including coronary artery disease – a leading cause of heart disorders in the United States. These catheter-based procedures may reduce the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches. The benefits include shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of a large incision, and less visible surgical scarring. These procedures can be performed on both the heart and peripheral blood vessels.
If you have a health question, or would like to speak to a Registered Nurse, please call our free Consult-A-Nurse® at (561) 345-7009 for expert care and advice.
If you are experiencing a medical emergency that you may feel is a sign of a heart attack, please call 911 immediately.