Chest Pain Care

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital Chest Pain Care — when seconds count, count on us.

Accredited Chest Pain Center

We treat more heart attack patients than any other hospitals in Tennessee, but the quality of care we provide is more important to us than the quantity. West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital has received Chest Pain Center with PCI Accreditation, the highest level of accreditation awarded by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. Commonly known as angioplasty, PCI is a procedure that helps to open narrowed arteries in the heart either with balloon angioplasty or stents.

  • State-of-the-art Heart Cath Lab
  • 24-hour Interventional Cardiologist
  • Experienced Cardiovascular (CV) Surgeons

Chest Pain Center Access: Whether by ambulance or walk-in, patients access the Chest Pain Center through the Emergency Room at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.

West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center conducts STEMI Drills (Heart Attack Drills) with emergency response teams and surrounding emergency departments that often transfer heart attack patients to Jackson-Madison County General Hospital in order to improve treatment times. Read about STEMI Drills

Cardiovascular Services

West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital also offers:

  • Chest Pain Unit for patients from lower risk to progressive care floors with monitoring and knowledgeable nurses
  • Cardiac Critical Care Unit
  • Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiac Rehab for post-procedure patients (elective and physician-ordered)

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when a blood clot in your coronary artery prevents blood from flowing to your heart. Heart attacks are life-threatening and should be addressed right away. Cardiac arrest can be signaled by chest pain, nausea, and more. Symptoms of cardiac arrest are often different for men and women.
Read more about heart attack symptoms for men and women

Heart Attack Prevention

Staff of the West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center also work throughout the year to provide prevention information to the community and employees at health fairs and wellness events.

Did you know heart attacks have beginnings? If a heart attack is caught in time, it can be treated before the heart is damaged. Learn more about early heart attack signs and symptoms.

Are you at risk? Take the HeartAware Risk Assessment to find out. If you are found at risk, you may qualify for a health screening or follow up from a healthcare professional.




A Heart Attack Treatment Story

Even seemingly healthy people can suffer from heart attacks. Scott Owens, a former athlete who was still very active, was only 47 when he had a "widow maker" heart attack with no previous warning signs. Learn about how a fast response by an emergency medical team and expert treatment by a West Tennessee Heart and Vascular Center team at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital saved Scott's life. Watch Scott and Paula Owens tell their story