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The CardioVascular Center at The Chester County Hospital, in conjunction with Emergency Medical Services and the Emergency Department, is prepared to activate its rapid response approach for patients presenting with signs and symptoms of acute myocardial infarction (AMI), commonly known as a heart attack. Even before you arrive in the Emergency Department, the ambulance and emergency staff will have notified our Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory (Cath Lab) staff and an Interventional Cardiologist of your impending arrival. You will be brought quickly to the Cath Lab where you will undergo a diagnostic angiogram to identify the blocked vessel causing your heart attack. National standards suggest that hospitals should strive to have the blocked vessel open within 90 minutes of arrival to the hospital. The Chester County Hospital's commitment to exceeding this standard - thus saving heart muscle and saving lives - is the reason the Joint Commission honored the Hospital with its Gold Seal of Approval™ in 2008 and 2010.
Last Updated: 6/12/2012