Accredited Chest Pain Center in Lake Worth

JFK Medical Center is the first in Palm Beach County to receive full accreditation by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) as an Accredited Chest Pain Center. This recognition demonstrates our expertise and commitment to providing quality patient care, by meeting or exceeding a wide range of criteria and completing on-site evaluations by a review team.

If you believe someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. For non-emergency questions about our heart care, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (561) 548-4535.

The goal of the ACC is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of patients with chest pain. This is accomplished by teaching the public to recognize and react to early signs and symptoms of a possible heart attack, essentially reducing the time it takes to receive treatment. At JFK Medical Center, we prioritize the effectiveness, timeliness and quality of cardiac care we provide to our patients.

Heart attack symptoms

People may or may not experience early signs of a heart attack. Symptoms may come and go until they become constant and/or severe. For example, it is common for a patient to experience mild chest symptoms, like pressure, burning, aching or tightness, before more severe symptoms occur, such as:

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

Heart attack education

Early heart attack care (EHAC) encourages people to learn the early signs and symptoms of a heart attack. When identified early, when symptoms are mild and in the beginning phases, emergency care can be accessed sooner, leading to better outcomes for heart attack patients.

Heart attacks have beginnings, with symptoms sometimes occurring two weeks prior to a major heart event. For 50 percent of patients experiencing early heart attack symptoms, the heart attack itself may be prevented with early treatment, before significant damage occurs to the heart.

Eighty-five percent of the damage caused to the heart occurs within the first two hours of blocked blood flow to the heart. Heart attacks are responsible for about 800,000 deaths per year in the U.S., but with widespread education and community support, we can reduce that number.

Advanced emergency heart technology

In the event of a heart attack, every second counts. That’s why our doctors at JFK Medical Center trust AirStrip Cardiology, the revolutionary new technology that delivers electrocardiograms (EKGs) from emergency medical services (EMS) personnel directly to doctors' and nurses' smart phones or tablets. It allows EMS to begin the care process on a patient while he or she is being transported to the hospital. The crucial time saved can help save lives.

The AirStrip Cardiology system quickly identifies a type of heart attack that involves complete blockage of a heart artery, called a ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Early treatment minimizes damage, which increases survival and reduces or eliminates complications.