OHSU Chest Pain Center
The First Accredited Chest Pain Center in Oregon
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.
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care designated OHSU the first hospital in Oregon to become accredited for its chest pain center. Nationally-recognized experts verified that heart attack patients receive the best possible care while at OHSU. The Society has very strict criteria and only accredits those facilities that closely follow the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association’s recommendations to improve and save lives. OHSU is one of only two hospitals in Oregon with this designation.
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.
- 24 hour on-site angioplasty/ coronary intervention
- 24 hour cath lab
- The first 256-slice CT in Oregon - which can detect the earliest signs of heart disease
The accreditation 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.