Fast Treatment for Chest Pain
TriStar Centennial Medical Center has received recognition as an Accredited Chest Pain Center (CPC) with Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. We are a recognized leader in providing access to fast, life-saving care when you need it most. To achieve Chest Pain Accreditation, our dedicated teams have proven to meet or exceed the highest quality standards in treating cardiac emergencies.
TriStar Centennial is one of only three hospitals in Middle Tennessee using AirStrip CARDIOLOGY, an innovative mobile health technology application allows our physicians to remotely monitor a patient's heartbeat by viewing an electrocardiogram (ECG) on an iPhone® or iPad® before the patient even arrives to our hospital.
If you’re experiencing a medical emergency, call 911 immediately.
Why Choose Us
- We have the highest level of expertise and established protocols to help patients with chest pain and heart attack symptoms
- We’re equipped with technology to treat you quickly in the critical moments of a heart attack
- We’re always ready - our cardiac cath lab teams and interventional cardiologists are on call 24/7
- We make sure you receive the right treatment for your chest pain or unique condition
- We provide a vast spectrum of cardiac services on site if you need more complex treatment
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Understanding Chest Pain
Sudden chest pain and shortness of breath are two of the most common reasons to seek emergency care. Chest pain (angina) is often difficult to interpret. Many people cannot tell the difference between heartburn or heart attack. Sudden, unexpected chest pain can be a potentially life-threatening symptom or a warning sign of another condition.
Chest pain can occur when your heart is not getting enough blood. You could feel aching, tightening, pressure or squeezing pain in the chest. Chest pain can also radiate to your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back. There are several different types of chest pain:
- Stable angina - has a predictable pattern and intensity
- Unstable angina - unpredictable, more severe and intense
- Variant angina - severe, temporary spasm that suddenly occurs while resting
Chest pain can also produce different symptoms in women such as pressure in the lower chest, upper abdomen and back and extreme fatigue that can last several hours, weeks or days.
Heart-related chest pain can come and go and often varies in intensity (worse with activity). Also, chest pain caused by a heart problem sometimes comes with other symptoms such as:
- Tightening in chest
- Shortness of breath
- Weakness or fatigue
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
Chest pain can also be a symptom of a non heart-related issue. Other symptoms include:
- Bitter or sour taste in your mouth
- Sharp burning below your ribs or breast bone
- Difficulty swallowing
- Pain that changes when you move positions
Don’t wait - Your symptoms could be a sign of something more serious. Call 911 or seek emergency care immediately.
Chest pain can be a symptom of several different conditions. The most common include (but are not limited to):
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Heart Attack
- Heart Failure
- Heart Valve Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Atrial Fibrillation(afib)
- Pulmonary Embolism(blood clot)
- Pulmonary Hypertension(high blood pressure)
- Esophagus Problems (swallowing)
- Pancreas or Gallbladder Problems
- Hiatal Hernia
Only a medical professional can diagnose and treat your symptoms. Call 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.