About the OHSU Chest Pain Center

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women, and chest pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the Emergency Department. This is why OHSU created a Chest Pain Center within our Emergency Room.

Why choose the OHSU Chest Pain Center?

Patients with chest pain or other heart attack symptoms receive immediate medical evaluation at the OHSU Chest Pain Center by cardiologists and emergency physicians. Our doctors can monitor you for up to 48 hours in our observation unit without admitting you to the hospital. The Chest Pain Center gives patients a fast, accurate diagnosis, so they go home reassured they did not have a heart attack, or they are admitted for care if necessary.

The OHSU Chest Pain Center offers a revolutionary new diagnostic test called a myocardial contrast echo. It accurately shows whether any parts of the heart are not receiving enough blood and allows doctors to rapidly identify patients with serious cardiac problems. But the test also helps doctors quickly rule out patients who are not having heart problems.

With faster diagnoses and rapid cardiac intervention, the OHSU Chest Pain Center can help prevent or even reverse muscle damage to your heart.

The experience of the OHSU Chest Pain Center means you can be confident that we have the right team and equipment available day and night to stop a heart attack in its tracks. Our experts can quickly identify patients who need cardiac intervention, thus preventing further muscle damage to the heart.