Bronson Battle Creek Opens Chest Pain Emergency Unit
Earlier this year, Bronson Battle Creek opened a unit dedicated to serving patients who come to the emergency department experiencing chest pain. The chest pain emergency unit (CPEU) is a highly specialized service designed for rapid evaluation of patients with chest discomfort that begins in the emergency department. It helps the hospital to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack, when treatments are most effective. It also helps hospital staff to better monitor patients when it is not clear whether or not they are having a heart attack. Such observation helps ensure the patient is neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.
As the most preferred emergency department in Calhoun County, there is another benefit to having a dedicated CPEU. It frees up emergency department staff and exam rooms to expedite care for the thousands of patients who come to Bronson Battle Creek each year with non-chest pain emergencies
The CPEU is staffed by a team of emergency medicine doctors, board-certified cardiologists, radiologists and nurses with specialized training in heart care. The CPEU team members not only collaborate with each other, but also with regional emergency medical services and with the medical team at Bronson Methodist Hospital’s accredited Chest Pain Emergency Center in Kalamazoo.
Heart disease and heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, killing 600,000 people annually. Recognizing and reacting to the early stages of a possible heart attack can help minimize the loss of important heart muscle, and significantly reduce risks for complications and death.
People experiencing any of these symptoms should call 9-1-1 immediately:
• Mild discomfort or nagging ache in the center of the chest
• Recurrent discomfort that feels like indigestion
• More intense chest pain upon exertion, subsiding with rest
• Squeezing pain or pressure in the chest
• Shortness of breath
• Discomfort in the neck, jaw, arm and/or back
• Flu-like symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, weakness and sweating
Women may also experience:
• Stomach/abdominal pain
• Unexplained anxiety
• Cold sweat
Some of the diagnostic tests used to evaluate chest pain include blood tests that can often detect the slightest signs of a heart attack, computerized electrocardiogram (EKG) for continuous information on heart activity, and a cardiac nuclear stress test that can help detect problems with blood flow to the heart. These tools are all part of the care provided at Bronson Battle Creek’s CPEU. Learn more at bronsonhealth.com/emergency-bbc.