Stinging in the chest: more special emergency rooms

Stinging in the chest: more special emergency rooms

Stinging in the chest: experts want more special emergency rooms
14.01.2015

In the case of sudden chest pain, every minute can count. Although the pain can have various causes, most people quickly think of a heart attack. Experts want more special emergency rooms to treat patients with unclear chest pain more quickly.

Is it a heart attack? With a sudden sting in the chest, most people automatically think of a heart attack. However, the pain can also have other causes. For example, tension, diseases of the respiratory tract, stomach and esophagus can be felt as chest pain. Possible triggers of the symptoms are also lung diseases such as tuberculosis, pulmonary embolism and lung cancer or diseases of the cardiovascular system such as arterial calcification and coronary heart disease. In order to be able to correctly treat people with unclear chest pain more quickly, experts want to set up more special emergency rooms, reports the dpa news agency.

Increased chances of survival for patients In such facilities, cardiologists clarify possible causes around the clock and 365 days a year. As the cardiologist Thomas Münzel (University Hospital Mainz) told the German Press Agency on Tuesday, the so-called chest pain centers have so far been lacking, especially in the eastern federal states and structurally weak regions. Experts expect less emergency damage and increased survival for patients from emergency treatment in such outpatient clinics.

Continuing to expand the number of centers According to Münzel, the goal is to increase the number of centers certified by the German Society for Cardiology (DGK) to around 270. This would take two to three years. So far there are around 200 recognized outpatient clinics, especially at clinics. An overview of the existing outpatient clinics can be found on the Internet. In these facilities, patients with acute and sudden chest pain are correct. It is pointed out that such complaints do not only occur with heart diseases, but can also be the cause of the lungs, esophagus or simply muscle tension.

Patients must be in the hospital for a shorter period The outpatient departments must meet certain requirements in order to be recognized by the DGK. For example, they must not be more than 15 minutes away from a cardiac catheter laboratory: With the help of a thin, flexible tube that is inserted into blood vessels, physicians can specifically examine the heart and coronary arteries. The DGK has certified chest pain centers since 2008. According to their information, initial international data indicate that patients treated in special centers have to stay in hospital a little shorter on average. Accordingly, targeted diagnosis and therapy would also reduce costs. The model originally comes from the USA. For this reason, they are often referred to as “Chest Pain Units” (CPU) in Germany. (ad)

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