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Rex Chest Pain Center: Experts in Family Care

At Rex Heart and Vascular Center, we're experts in caring for our patients and their families-but don't take our word for it. Rex is a recognized nationally as a leader in cardiology care.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center

The Society of Chest Pain Centers designated Rex Hospital as an Accredited Chest Pain Center in 2005 for its community education programs and expertise in diagnosing and treating acute coronary syndromes and heart failure. The designation as an Accredited Chest Pain Center, which was the first for a hospital in the Triangle, establishes Rex Healthcare as a premier hospital for acute cardiac care in this area. It also communicates that the hospital offers a full-spectrum emergency cardiac care program, offering rapid diagnosis and fast track treatment, often preventing a severe heart attack from occurring.

Re-Accredited with a Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) Designation

In 2007, Rex received the enhanced Percutaneous Coronary Interventions (PCI) designation for demonstrating quality cardiac care and quick response time using a set of stringent treatment criteria. PCI means that those experiencing a heart attack can be immediately transported to Rex's cardiac catheterization (cath) lab for a procedure to re-establish blood flow to the blocked vessel.

Rated Best for Heart Attack Survival

Rex is a leader of cardiology in Raleigh and Wake County. In fact, Rex is the only hospital in Wake County and one of only 17 hospitals in the country to earn an above average rating for heart attack survival, according to Hospital Compare. Rex stands alone on the list as the only North Carolina hospital to be recognized.

Meets and Exceeds National Standards for Care

When you enter the Rex Chest Pain Center a team trained to quickly and effectively diagnose and treat a heart attack is waiting for your arrival. Because the Rex Chest Pain Center follows the national standards of excellent care, patients showing signs of a heart attack can expect:

  • An echocardiogram (EKG) within 10 minutes of arrival which is immediately given to a physician
  • Evaluation of all other test results within 25 minutes
  • Heart catheterization (if needed) within 90 minutes or less of arrival to treat or explore a blocked vessel
  • Induced therapeutic hypothermia (if needed) as an intervention to protect brain function in patients with cardiac arrest 

Rex Healthcare’s Chest Pain Center is nationally accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers