Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC)

Treatment at the Speed of Life

ECPC Team Picture

Mercy Medical Center Emergency Chest Pain Center (ECPC) was the first in northeast Ohio to receive a full, three-year Cycle III accreditation with PCI (percutaneous coronary interventions), or angioplasty, from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. The ECPC, with its state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and catheterization lab, offer you fast, responsive emergency care 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members of Mercy’s nationally-recognized Heart Center team of experienced doctors, nurses and technicians meet the ambulance and the patient at the door. Mercy is the only hospital in the nation to have a heart catheterization lab located directly in the Emergency Department, resulting in world-record times for heart attack treatment.

The Center’s organized-team-approach to patient care enables physicians to reduce time-to-treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack when treatments are most effective. It also allows for better monitoring of patients’ needs when it is not clear if they are having a heart attack. This efficient and effective analysis and treatment not only saves lives, it decreases costs, reduces unnecessary hospitalization, minimizes length of stay, prevents missed diagnosis and eliminates unnecessary treatments and procedures. It helps ensure that a patient is neither sent home too early, nor needlessly admitted.


Mercy’s team of physicians and staff has worked tirelessly to make the Chest Pain Center number one, second to none in the early detection and treatment of heart attacks. They’ve established standards designed to improve the consistency and quality of care provided to patients.

The Center separates patients into four treatment groups:

  1. Patients who have experienced a heart attack (STEMI/non-STEMI).
  2. Patients who are at high risk for a cardiac event.
  3. Patients who are at low risk for a cardiac event.
  4. Patients whose symptoms are not heart-related. 

Everyone plays a role, from the fast response of paramedics to immediate evaluation and immediate response by nurses, physicians, technicians and interventional cardiologists. All are experienced professionals. And experience is critical. Every interventional cardiologist at the Center has performed more than 1000 angioplasties and has been performing this procedure for more than five years.

When surgery is necessary, an expert surgical team at Mercy’s Cardiovascular Surgery Operating Room provide the best care possible, performing all aspects of cardiac and thoracic surgery. A team remains on-call throughout the patient’s hospital stay and keep lines of communication open with family and friends. 


Do You Know Your Risk? Click to use the Heart Risk Calculator, courtesy of the American Heart Association.


When a heart attack occurs, you have only a short amount of time before the heart muscle is damaged. Recognizing and reacting to the early symptoms and reducing the time it takes to receive treatment will improve your chances of survival and recovery. 

Chest pain does not always signal a heart attack. Often, it is unrelated to any heart problem. But even if the symptoms you experience have nothing to do with your cardiovascular system, the problem may still be important and worth the time spent to have it evaluated so you can either begin treatment to save your life, or be sent home safe and reassured.

A heart attack may cause various types of discomfort that is not generally perceived as pain and is not necessarily in the chest. The discomfort may:

  • Feel like indigestion.

  • Be felt in the chest, the inner arm (especially the left arm), the jaw or teeth, or other parts of the body.

  • Get worse with activity and subside with rest.

  • May not be in a specific spot.

  • Come and go and increase over time with each new pain recurring sooner, lasting longer and feeling worse.

  • Be accompanied by sweating, shortness of breath or flu-like symptoms.

Most importantly, if recognized in time, these "beginnings" can be treated before the heart is damaged. Click here to learn more.

Rapid, accurate assessment and treatment of chest pain is one of the most critical factors to ensure your survival and to limit damage to your heart. That’s why, as the nation’s first accredited Chest Pain Center, Mercy has made Stark County the safest place in America to have a heart attack.


What Exactly Does The Heart Do?

The heart is the workhorse of the human body. It tirelessly pumps blood rich in nutrients through the arteries to nourish and sustain all of the body's tissues. Like every other organ, in order to keep functioning, It needs a continuous supply of oxygen-rich blood. Coronary arteries carry blood to the muscular walls of the heart (the myocardium).

What Is A Heart Attack?

Every year, about one-and-a-half million Americans suffer a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when the flow of blood to the myocardium is interrupted. The restriction usually results from a buildup of plaque in the arteries, a condition called atherosclerosis.

What is Angioplasty?

Angioplasty is a procedure in which doctors insert a catheter with a special balloon tip into a blocked artery. The balloon is inflated to open the artery and improve blood flow.


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