Chest Pain Care

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


West Tennessee Heart & Vascular Center (WTHVC) at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital has achieved the Chest Pain Accreditation with Primary PCI by the American College of Cardiology Accreditation Services. PCI, also known as coronary angioplasty, 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 Cardiologists
  • 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.

Jackson-Madison County General Hospital serves as one of the main receiving facilities for treatment of heart attacks in West Tennessee—receiving patients from 18 surrounding counties.

To provide quick and seamless treatment for heart attacks and stroke patients, WTHVC coordinates care with community hospitals and EMS responders throughout West Tennessee to make sure that people who experience heart attacks get the kind of care needed as quickly as possible. The partnership between Jackson-Madison County General Hospital and the community medical providers saves more than just lives; it improves the patient’s quality of life.

Building and maintaining close relationships with the medical providers in the outlying counties is a critical step to ensuring that specific protocols are followed from the moment a patient in distress is treated. Regardless of where a patient lives, coordinated efforts among first responders, community hospitals and Jackson-Madison County General Hospital ensure faster response times, specialized care and improved outcomes. This partnership is an essential key in saving lives and improving outcomes for heart attack victims from all over West Tennessee.

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

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