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Published on November 12, 2009

Stress Testing for Emergency Chest Pain Patients Added to Mercy ER Services

Mercy Medical Center has enhanced the level of care for emergency chest pain patients by adding stress testing to its nationally certified and accredited Chest Pain Center in the Emergency Department (ED). Standard stress testing or stress echo testing is available seven days a week, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mercy is the only local hospital to offer the service through its ED.

Patients identified as having low or intermediate risk for cardiac disease now have the option, at the recommendation of the ED physician, to receive diagnostic stress testing prior to discharge from the ED. Previously, these patients had been discharged with instructions to follow up with their physicians.

"Having the opportunity for further testing provides patients peace of mind if tests come back negative or, if tests come back positive, patients are able to seek immediate treatment which potentially saves lives," says Tami Meier, Director of Mercy's Emergency Department.

Mercy's ED partnered with The Cardiovascular Performance Improvement team, a group of local cardiologists, and the Non-Invasive Cardiology Department to provide this new service. It is based on national standards from The American College of Cardiology and The American Heart Association.