Accredited Chest Pain Center in Portsmouth

As soon as you feel chest pain, our experts take control and make quick, collaborative decisions about your care, from the ambulance to your hospital bedside.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center—a distinction awarded by the Society for Cardiovascular Patient Care—our team is able to stop a heart attack within 90 minutes, the heart attack treatment standard set by the American Heart Association. Using medication, cardiac stenting or angioplasty, we open the blocked artery, restore blood flow to the heart and get you on the road to recovery.

If you think someone is experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately.

As part of the region's premier heart center and the only facility certified for open-heart surgery on the Seacoast, Portsmouth Regional Hospital provides access to comprehensive cardiac care—from prevention and early diagnosis through treatment and cardiac rehabilitation.

A chest pain center earns its accreditation through an evaluation of care surrounding treatment of patients with heart attack symptoms. As the first Accredited Chest Pain Center in Portsmouth, our facility:

  • Offers an emergency room with additional support from local emergency medical services
  • Assesses, diagnoses and treats patients quickly
  • Effectively treats patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome
  • Ensures Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Continually seeks to improve processes and procedures
  • Supports community outreach and education about heart attack symptoms

Heart attack warning signs

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Get help right away if you experience:

  • Chest discomfort that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back (You may feel uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.)
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Breaking out in a cold sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Signs of heart attack in women

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But women are more likely than men to experience other symptoms, especially shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Women are also less likely than men to believe they're having a heart attack and more likely to delay emergency treatment.

Learn more about women's heart health at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.