From the moment you feel chest pain, our heart experts are prepared to take control, making swift and collaborative decisions about your care, from the ambulance to your hospital bedside.
That's part of what it means to be an accredited Chest Pain Center, a distinction awarded Portsmouth Regional Hospital—the first hospital in New Hampshire to earn this recognition—by the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). When minutes count, our cardiovascular team can stop a heart attack in its tracks with medication, cardiac stenting or angioplasty (percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI) opening a blockage—well within the American Heart Association's standard of 90 minutes.
As part of the region's premier heart center and the only open-heart-certified center on the Seacoast, the Portsmouth Chest Pain Center provides access to comprehensive cardiac care—from prevention and early diagnosis through treatment and cardiac rehabilitation.
Get Help Fast
If you think you or someone else is experiencing a heart attack, get help now.
Call 911 and go to a hospital emergency room immediately.
What Is a Chest Pain Center?
A Chest Pain Center earns its accreditation through an evaluation of care surrounding treatment of patients with heart attack symptoms. As an accredited Chest Pain Center, Portsmouth Regional Hospital:
- Integrates the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
- Assesses, diagnoses and treats patients quickly
- Effectively treats patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome
- Ensures Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
- Continually seeks to improve processes and procedures
- Supports community outreach and education about heart attack symptoms
Quality Care Means Better Outcomes
Earning Chest Pain Center accreditation ensures that Portsmouth meets or exceeds quality-of-care measures based on improving the process of care for acute coronary syndrome patients. It means our medical staff has the best tools, advanced technology and level of expertise to care for your emergency.