Cardiac Services at Williamson Medical Center
Why call 911?
When every minute counts when having a heart attack, many people think driving themselves to the emergency room is the quickest way to get treatment. In fact, more than 50 percent of all patients experiencing chest pain walk into the ER rather than calling 911, according to the Society of Chest Pain Centers.
Unfortunately, what many people don’t realize is that an ambulance is more than just a transport vehicle, especially at Williamson Medical Center, and calling 911 does in fact start treatment earlier. Here’s why:
- 911 dispatchers in Williamson County are trained to not only locate you quickly but also assist you in early treatment options.
- Williamson Medical Center’s emergency response time is 6 minutes—well below the national average.
- Williamson Medical Center’s highly advanced EMS can assess for a heart attack through electrocardiogram and digitally transmit those results to the Emergency Department, where a board-certified physician reads the results and determines the best course of treatment, often before the patient even arrives at the Medical Center.
- Williamson Medical Center’s EMS brings the Emergency Department to you and can begin the appropriate treatment immediately.
Chest Pain Center
WMC’s Chest Pain Center provides advanced monitoring and evaluation to determine the patient’s risk of a cardiac event. Our Chest Pain Center follows the gold standard treatment for cardiac care as outlined by the American Heart Association.
Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
Williamson Medical Center is a leader in providing interventional cardiology to patients having heart attacks. Cardiac catheterization is used to detect and evaluate conditions of the heart. Catheter-based intervention offers patients shorter hospital stays, reduced recovery time without the pain of the large incision and minimal surgical scarring. The procedure also reduces the risks and recovery time found in traditional surgical approaches.
Cardiac Stress Testing
Cardiac stress testing is a process to test the capacity of the heart and detect blockages. A series of tests compares a patient’s resting heart rate and the heart rate under duress to determine the amount of physical activity the heart can endure.
Accredited Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Accredited by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, WMC’s Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation program uses physical exercise and education to help patients regain an optimal level of physical, mental and social well-being. Click here to learn more.