Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Receives Chest Pain Center Accreditation
“This accreditation recognizes the standard of care that Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital provides to our patients and recognizes our commitment to continually raise the standards of cardiac care for our patients,” said Ian Cohen, MD, FACC, FSCAI, medical director of cardiology and the Chest Pain Center at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and interventional cardiologist at Northwestern’s Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.
The time frame in which a patient with chest pain receives rapid diagnosis and treatment is the difference between life and death. Opening a patient’s artery with an angioplasty balloon 90 minutes after arrival is a standard quality indicator for hospitals nationally. At Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, the average time between arrival and opening the artery with an angioplasty balloon is 67 minutes.
According to the SCPC, heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. The goal of the SCPC is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.