Chest Pain Center

Chest pain is a warning sign of a heart attack. That means your life may depend on getting the right kind of medical care fast. Fortunately, residents of Glendale and the surrounding area have a Chest Pain Center nearby, at Adventist Health Glendale (AHGL).

What is a Chest Pain Center?

The Chest Pain Center isn't a building or even a department. It's an accreditation awarded to a handful of U.S. hospitals by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. This accreditation means that AHGL has met the society's strict requirements for everything from treatment facility design to specialized training of emergency personnel to timely diagnosis and treatment.

AHGL has been awarded Cycle III Chest Pain Center accreditation—the highest accreditation possible for the treatment of chest pain.

Know the Warning Signs

Advanced facilities, technology and procedures only have value if the patient gets to them in time. That's why it's so important to seek medical attention immediately if you experience the warning signs of heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including arms, back, neck jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

For both men and women, the most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely than men to experience shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, back or jaw pain, fatigue or palpitations.

  • Download the Minutes Matter flyer for at-your-fingertips information about the early signs of heart attack.

Get Help Immediately

If the source of your chest pain is an impending heart attack, your best chance for a positive outcome is to seek emergency treatment immediately. Angioplasty, clot-busting drugs and other treatments work best if they are administered within 30 to 90 minutes from the start of symptoms. The best way to get help fast is to call 911—never attempt to drive yourself. Even if you're uncertain about whether your symptoms are warning signs of heart attack or not, call anyway. Don't wait more than five minutes. Every second you wait delays treatment.

For a referral to a AHGL heart specialist, call (818) 409-8100.