Early Heart Attack Care

Johnston Health is proud to be able to say that both of our medical centers (Smithfield and Clayton) are accredited Chest Pain Centers. This means that according to the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC), we are experts in dealing with patients who are suffering from symptoms of a heart attack.

Eighty-five percent of heart damage occurs within the first two hours of a heart attack, so early detection and treatment is the key to saving lives. If someone is suffering from the following heart attack symptoms, they should be taken to an accredited chest pain center as soon as possible.

Early Heart Attack Symptoms:

  • Feeling of fullness
  • Jaw pain
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain that travels down one or both arms
  • Chest pressure, squeezing or discomfort
  • The EHAC Campaign

Johnston Health is proud to participate in the Early Heart Attack Care (EHAC) Campaign. What is the campaign?

  1. A campaign intended to educate everyone as to the early symptoms of a heart attack in order to prevent the heart attack from ever occurring. Preventing the heart attack prevents heart damage.

  2. A plea to the public to be responsible, not only for themselves, but for those around them who may be experiencing early heart attack symptoms, and to help them obtain immediate treatment.

  3. A public education program that concentrates on the benefits of receiving early treatment, and activating emergency medical services.


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