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Emory Johns Creek Hospital Earns Chest Pain Center Accreditation

Chest Pain Accreditation Emory Johns Creek HospitalCongratulations to Emory Johns Creek Hospital, which has received Chest Pain Center with PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). This achievement signifies that Emory Johns Creek meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures in patients who arrive at the hospital with symptoms of a heart attack.

“We are so proud of the phenomenal work by this multidisciplinary team,” says Marilyn Margolis, MN, RN, Emory Johns Creek Hospital’s chief nursing officer and vice president of operations.” This accreditation shows our ability to provide the community with the best heart care available.”

To achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation, the hospital engaged in rigorous evaluation by the SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing symptoms that indicate heart disease or a heart attack. It also has demonstrated that it has processes in place that meet strict criteria to help:

  • Detect and treat symptoms that may lead to a heart attack, thus avoiding a heart attack and therefore avoiding heart damage.
  • Provide the community with education and information about early heart attack care to improve wellness and the quality of life.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital is one of three hospitals in the Emory Healthcare system to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation. Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown are accredited Chest Pain Centers. Hospitals must reapply for their designation every three years.

“It took a team of dedicated people across many hospital departments and services to achieve Chest Pain Center Accreditation at Emory Johns Creek Hospital,” says Craig McCoy, CEO of Emory Johns Creek Hospital. “We are excited about this designation and know it will benefit many patients during the critical and early stages of a heart attack and throughout their recovery.”

As great as this news is for Emory Johns Creek Hospital, what it means for Emory Johns Creek’s patients is what’s most important, says Jeffery Hershey, MD, who serves as chair of the Division of Cardiology and chief of medicine at Emory Johns Creek. “Heart patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital can expect a continuum of care from the very start of the patient’s symptoms until discharge from the hospital,” Hershey says. “This includes care starting with emergency dispatch to EMS in the field to the emergency department to the cath lab to the observation unit to cardiac rehab and through discharge from the facility. We have enhanced the quality of care for cardiac patients and are committed to these higher standards of care.”

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What is the Difference Between a Heart Attack and Stroke?

Although the risks and effects can be similar, heart attacks and stroke are two different medical problems with different symptoms. While both are vascular events, meaning they involve the blood vessels, mainly the arteries, they affect different organs in the body. However, for both heart attack and stoke victims, every minute counts!

Heart attacks occur when a coronary artery is blocked, usually as a result of progressive coronary artery disease (CAD). With CAD, plaque builds up in the arteries preventing oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart. Every minute that the cardiac tissue goes without oxygen results in more damage to the heart muscle – hence the saying “time is muscle.” The key is to get the blocked artery opened as fast as possible, to prevent further damage to the heart muscle and improve chances for survival.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States . A stroke is a “brain attack”, and occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot, or bursts. When that happens, brain cells in the part of the brain that cannot get blood begin to die. Stroke treatment is most effective when given within the first few hours after a stroke has occurred, so it’s important to recognize the symptoms and act quickly.

Heart attack and stroke risk factors

Although heart attack and stroke are different, the risk factors are the same for both:

– Smoking
– High blood pressure
– High cholesterol
– Diabetes
– Sedentary lifestyle
– Family history
– Atrial fibrillation (abnormal heart rhythm)

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack vs. Stroke

Heart Attack

  • Chest Pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy


  • Face drooping — Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person’s smile uneven?
  • Arm weakness — Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
  • Speech difficulty — Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
  • Time to call 9-1-1 — If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared.

Do you know how to recognize stroke symptoms and when to “Act F.A.S.T.“? Are you familiar with the symptoms of a heart attack?

Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit Opens at Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Our cardiovascular care team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so patients can feel comfortable putting their precious hearts in our skilled hands. Dr. Rowe, medical director of the ICCU, stands in the middle, with Marilyn Margolis, MN, BSN, RN, chief nursing officer (left), Heather Redrick, nursing director of the ICCU, and other members of the cardiovascular care team at EJCH.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 935,000 Americans suffer a heart attack. In response to this statistic, and coupled with the fact that heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for both men and women, on February 4, 2013, Emory Johns Creek Hospital opened an Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit known around the hospital as the ICCU.

The nine-bed unit is for patients who have recently suffered heart attacks or are recovering from major cardiac procedures. The ICCU allows patients to receive specialized cardiac care until their condition stabilizes. Extensive heart monitoring and testing is provided by a highly trained staff that is experienced with cardiac conditions, procedures and treatments.

“The first few days after a patient suffers a cardiac event are the most crucial to their rehabilitation process,” says Don Rowe, MD, medical director of the Intermediate Cardiac Care Unit. “Emory Johns Creek Hospital now has a unique ability to treat cardiac patients in a dedicated unit that offers more specialized care to support patients and their families. Our hotel-like, all-private rooms, in conjunction with our highly skilled cardiovascular care team, allow for maximum healing during this critical time.”

Remember, in the event of a heart attack, time is muscle. It is important to know the signs of a heart attack and call 911 immediately if you or someone close to you starts experiencing symptoms such as:

• Chest Pain
• Shortness of breath
• Discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or upper stomach
• Nausea
• Sleep problems
• Fatigue

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