Chest pain centers getting stamp of approval

A new accreditation process could mean better care and fewer misdiagnosed heart attacks.

If you think the "big one" is at hand, where do you want to go? We aren't talking metaphysics, religion, or earthquakes, but merely asking what hospital you would hope to be taken to if you find yourself having serious chest pain or other warning signs of a heart attack.

Here's the ideal: a hospital close to you that has an emergency service staffed by clinicians who are experts at telling heart attack chest pain from other types of chest pain and that offers round-the-clock access to artery-opening angioplasty or bypass surgery.

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