ETMC Tyler has been reaccredited as a chest pain center with PCI
(percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of
Cardiovascular Patient Care, an international organization
dedicated to eliminating heart disease as the No. 1 cause of death
PCI refers to a variety of procedures used to treat patients
with diseased arteries of the heart caused by a build-up of fats,
cholesterol and other substances from the blood that can reduce
blood flow and lead to chest pain or a heart attack.
"Hospitals that have received SCPC accreditation have achieved a
higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with
symptoms of a heart attack," said Dianne Adelfio, vice president of
the ETMC Cardiovascular Institute. "They emphasize the importance
of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more
efficient and effective evaluation, as well as, more appropriate
and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart
Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United
States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More
than 5 million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain.
SCPC's goal 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
The accredited chest pain center's protocol-driven and
systematic approach to patient management allows physicians to
reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a
heart attack, when treatments are most effective, and to better
monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are
having a coronary event.
SCPC's accreditation process ensures that centers meet or exceed
quality-of-care measures in acute cardiac medicine.
ETMC Tyler received a three-year accreditation.