St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs has earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. St. Mary’s undertook a rigorous evaluation and refinement of heart care processes in order to integrate the industry’s best practices into its cardiac care services.

St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs has earned Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. St. Mary’s undertook a rigorous evaluation and refinement of heart care processes in order to integrate the industry’s best practices into its cardiac care services.

The accreditation proves St. Mary’s works seamlessly with area Emergency Medical Services to ensure patients in Eastern Jackson County get the treatment they need during the critical early stages of a heart attack.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, St. Mary’s ensures patients who come to the Emergency Department with chest pain or discomfort are given the immediate treatment necessary to avoid as much heart damage as possible. Protocol-based procedures developed by leading experts in cardiac care are part of St. Mary’s overall cardiac care services.

Heart attack warning signs: Chest discomfort – pressure, squeezing or pain, lasting more than a few minutes, or that comes and goes; discomfort or pain in the upper body — in one or both arms, the back, neck jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; cold sweat; nausea or lightheadedness.

Cynthia Peters, director of Cardiac Services for St. Mary’s, wants to remind people, “not to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack. Don’t wait. Call 911. The sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart.”