Augusta University educates community on early heart attack care

Early heart attack care advice and

Having an accredited chest pain center comes with the important responsibility of educating the community on early heart attack care. Augusta University Health takes this to heart by arming people with potentially lifesaving information and training.

“The more people who are trained in early heart attack care, the more patients can receive the care they need in a timely manner,” said Michael Cunico, a registered nurse and chest pain coordinator at Augusta University Heart and Cardiovascular Services. “Time is muscle.”

In the eight years that the chest pain center has been accredited, Augusta University Health has focused on educating all of its employees, who have in turn shared this vital information on early heart attack care with the community through health fairs and screening events.

“Chest pain accreditation is a hospital-wide program,” Cunico said. “It belongs not only to the emergency department and cardiac catheterization lab but also to the entire organization. Everyone has to be involved to make a true chest pain center work — quality management, pharmacy, administration, the lab, etc.”

This is just one of the ways that Augusta University Health works to offer the highest level of care. In addition to housing the region’s first chest pain center, Augusta University Health is the location for Georgia’s first Level I trauma center, which provides care for accident victims. Patients can turn to Augusta University Health for prompt and complete care.

Early heart attack care

A national campaign disseminated by the Deputy Heart Attack program raises awareness of the fact that heart attacks can be prevented by recognizing warning signs (such as chest pain) and acting on them. The campaign also underscores the importance of educating the public about early heart attack symptoms and the role that local EMS, emergency departments and cardiac catheterization labs play in the timely care of the heart attack patient.

To find out what makes Augusta University Cardiovascular Center for Heart Care the premier heart and vascular center in the area, call us at 706-664-0584 to request a same-day appointment. Or, visit augustahealth.org/cardio to learn about our heart rhythm services, locations and providers.

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Based in Augusta, Georgia, Augusta University Health is a world-class health care network, offering the most comprehensive primary, specialty and subspecialty care in the region. Augusta University Health provides skilled, compassionate care to its patients, conducts leading-edge clinical research and fosters the medical education and training of tomorrow’s health care practitioners. Augusta University Health is a not-for-profit corporation that manages the clinical operations associated with Augusta University.