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Reaching a New Level in Heart Care

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital recently became the first hospital in Texas and among a handful in the world to receive the coveted Cycle III Chest Pain Center with Angioplasty by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

The designation means that Texas Health Arlington Memorial ranks among the best in the world at rapid recognition and collaborative treatment of heart attacks. Nationally, accreditation by the Society of Chest Pain Centers is linked to better patient outcomes and more lives saved, according to an Emory University School of Medicine study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in July.

Less than one percent of hospitals nationwide have achieved Cycle III certification, which is reserved for facilities that are able to provide the highest levels of cardiovascular care and can prove it with metrics and data.

“This is a merit badge of quality by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. It is an external validation of quality care, by an independent group, that proves Texas Health Arlington Memorial is committed to provide our patients and our community with the highest level of cardiac care,” says Hoyt Frenzel, M.D., F.A.C.E.P., medical director of the Emergency Department and co-director of the Chest Pain Center at Texas Health Arlington Memorial.

Every second counts when a patient is suffering a possible heart attack. That’s why hospitals around the world strive to become accredited as chest pain centers. These accredited centers have made the commitment to reduce the time it takes for patients with chest pain to be seen and treated by an emergency physician and cardiologist.

“We’re innovators when it comes to treating heart patients,” says Kirk King, F.A.C.H.E., president of Texas Health Arlington Memorial. “We have worked with local emergency medical providers, who now administer aspirin therapy in the field before the patient arrives at the emergency room door. The responding paramedics also transmit an electrocardiogram from the patient’s home to the ER. Once the patient arrives at the hospital, we perform diagnostic cardiac tests at the bedside, which allows us to reach a definitive diagnosis quicker. We are grateful to the City of Arlington EMS for all their dedication and hard work to help us make this accreditation possible.”

Texas Health Arlington Memorial is proud of this accomplishment and continues to provide a full-spectrum of emergency cardiac care, including rapid diagnosis and fast-track treatment. This is just another example of the hospital’s dedication to the health and well-being of our community.

Several of Texas Health Arlington Memorial’s sister facilities also are accredited as Chest Pain Centers, including Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford. Cycle III will likely be in the future for these and other Texas Health hospitals.

For information about heart and vascular services at a Texas Health hospital,
visit or call 1-877-THR-WELL (1-877-847-9355). (Spring 2009)

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