NORWALK, Conn. -- Norwalk Hospital has received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming cardiovascular care.
To achieve the new status, Norwalk Hospital engaged in rigorous reevaluation and refinement of its cardiac care processes in order to integrate the healthcare industry’s newest paradigms.
As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Norwalk Hospital ensures that patients showing symptoms of a heart attack receive the proper treatment during the critical window of time when the integrity of the heart muscle can be preserved.
“People tend to wait when they think they might be having a heart attack, and that’s a mistake,” said Dr. Eunice Kang, medical director of Norwalk Hospital’s Chest Pain Center, in a release.
“The average patient arrives in the emergency department more than two hours after the onset of symptoms, but what they don’t realize is that the sooner a heart attack is treated, the less damage to the heart and the better the outcome for the patient," she added.