Immediate Attention—What to Expect at the Rex Chest Pain Center
If you or someone you love is brought to the Rex Chest Pain Center for treatment, you can expect expertise, immediate attention, and excellence in care from our team of cardiology experts.
What happens if I come to the Rex with chest pain?
- Staff is notified immediately
If you are brought to the Rex Chest Pain Center via ambulance, Wake County EMS will have already notified the Chest Pain Center of your expected arrival and condition, including your symptoms and even EKG results. If you arrive on your own, a greeter will notify the triage nurse, who will immediately take you for an EKG. The EKG record is then taken to a physician.
- Course of action is determined
You will be taken to a bed and closely monitored. If your EKG test shows you are having a heart attack, you will be taken immediately to the Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab for a procedure to clear blocked vessels. If further testing is needed, your physician will receive those test results within 25 minutes.
- If you are having a heart attack...
Rex Hospital has a Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab onsite. If a procedure is needed to clear a blocked vessel, your procedure will begin in 90 minute or less from the time you enter the Chest Pain Center. The Rex Cardiac Catheterization (Cath) Lab is a three-suite center offering cardiac catheterization and the latest innovative diagnostic and treatment procedures. These procedures include angioplasty, atherectomy, stent placement and brachytherapy. In the state-of-the-art electrophysiology (EP) lab we perform diagnostic procedures that can detect an irregular heartbeat in the way the heart's electrical system functions.
- If you are not having a heart attack...
If you are not having a heart attack, the Rex Chest Pain Center is still here for you to help determine the cause of your symptoms and your risk for a heart attack. If your EKG shows you are not having a heart attack and further testing shows the same, you will be given a bed where you are closely monitored for six hours. Testing is repeated before a heart attack is ruled out. A physician will make recommendations for further testing, such as a stress test which can be performed onsite before discharge, or additional follow up with your physician.