Patients experiencing chest pain receive a rapid diagnosis or are further monitored at St. Luke’s Chest Pain Centers in our Boise and Meridian emergency departments. Patients diagnosed with heart attack are put on the fast track to immediate treatment, while those whose chest pain is not clearly a heart attack but require further testing, rest comfortably in our observation unit.
We help prevent unnecessary hospitalizations for patients whose chest pain turns out not to be heart-related. More importantly, we’re able to reduce the rate of “missed“ heart attacks, because patients with an unclear condition are not sent home without further observation and testing.
Our Chest Pain Centers are staffed by emergency physicians and nurses with advanced training in cardiac care, consulting cardiologists, and other professional staff.
What to Expect
When you arrive in our Boise or Meridian emergency department (ED) with heart-related symptoms, you’ll first be evaluated by an ED physician. Once it’s determined you’re not having a heart attack, a decision will be made regarding your need for further follow-up or observation. If appropriate, you’ll be closely monitored for up to 24 hours. The ED physician will consult with your cardiologist or other primary care provider to plan the best course of treatment.
Testing may include:
- Laboratory tests (blood draw)
- ECG (electrocardiogram)
- Nuclear cardiac scans
Education and Follow-up
You’ll also receive education on a variety of heart-related topics, such as risk factors for heart disease, healthy eating, and exercise to support you in improving your health and quality of life.
If you’re discharged to go home from the Chest Pain Center, staff and physicians will give you clear instructions regarding activities, medications, and follow-up with your cardiologist or other primary care physician. All test results will be sent to your physician’s office.
Care for TIA (“Mini-stroke”), Heart Failure, and More
At St. Luke’s Chest Pain Centers, we also monitor and treat patients who are experiencing:
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA or “mini-stroke”)
- Heart failure exacerbation
- Pediatric asthma
- Pediatric dehydration
- Pediatric accidental ingestion
We’re also a resource for cardiac testing and observation if your regular provider has a concern. This may eliminate the need for a full hospital admission.
Our Chest Pain Centers earned full Cycle III accreditation with PCI from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care in 2012. We undergo accreditation every three years. Our Cycle IV accreditation is due in May 2015.
The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care is an international not-for-profit organization committed to leading the fight to eliminate heart disease as the number one cause of death worldwide.