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PMC receives Atrial Fibrillation Certification

PIKEVILLE – Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) has received full Atrial Fibrillation Certification status from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.


PMC Cardiologist and Electrophysiologist Dr. Michael Antimisiaris said, “We join a select group of hospitals that are Atrial Fibrillation Certified, showing our commitment to state-of-the-art heart care.”


Atrial fibrillation is the most common cardiac arrhythmia and has become recognized as a health concern that in some cases can lead to stroke and possible death.


Nearly 3 million patients in the United States have atrial fibrillation and the numbers are rapidly increasing as the population ages. Atrial fibrillation patients use more healthcare services and have much higher healthcare costs than those without the disease.


The Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care’s (SCPC) goal is to help facilities evaluate and manage atrial fibrillation patients more effectively and improve patient outcomes.


PMC has demonstrated its commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria and undergoing a comprehensive review by an accreditation review specialist from the SCPC.


PMC’s protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient evaluation and management allows physicians to reduce time from diagnosis to treatment and perform risk assessments on patients to decrease their length of stay in the Emergency Department and the hospital. Key areas in which a facility with Atrial Fibrillation Certification must demonstrate expertise include the following:


•Emergency Department integration with Emergency Medical Services


•Emergency assessment of patients with atrial fibrillation


•Risk assessment of patients with atrial fibrillation


•Treatment for patients presenting to the Emergency Department in atrial fibrillation


•Atrial fibrillation discharge criteria from the Emergency Department, Observation Services or Inpatient Unit


•Atrial fibrillation patient education in the Emergency Department, Observation Services and Inpatient Unit


•Personnel competencies and training


•Process improvement


•Organizational structure and commitment


•Atrial fibrillation community outreach.


For more information about PMC’s Heart & Vascular Institute, call 606-430-3500. To schedule a physician appointment, call 606-430-2201.


Level IV Chest Pain Center Accreditation

After a detailed review and on-site survey, Pikeville Medical Center was awarded a Level IV Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center with PCI by the Society of Chest Pain Centers. This highly-acclaimed distinction made PMC one of the first five in the nation, and the first hospital in Kentucky to earn this accreditation.


PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) refers to a variety of procedures used to treat patients with diseased arteries of the heart caused by a build-up of fats, cholesterol, and other substances from the blood (referred to as plaque) that can reduce blood flow and lead to chest pain or a heart attack.


Pikeville Medical Center’s Heart Institute features the region’s most experienced cardiology professionals. The group, comprised of interventional cardiologists, cardiothoracic surgeons, vascular surgeon, cardiologists and an electrophysiologist, the Heart Institute uses the state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to provide world-class quality care.


Pikeville Medical Center’s accreditation means the hospital can provide the whole continuum of care, from diagnostics to heart surgery procedures, on site.


To earn Chest Pain Center accreditation, a facility must successfully meet the Society’s eight criteria. Integration of the emergency department with the Emergency Medical System


  • Timely diagnosis and treatment of patients with ACS (Acute Coronary Syndrome)
  • Assessment of patients with low to moderate risk of ACS
  • Functional facility design
  • Organizational structure
  • Process improvement orientation
  • Community outreach, and personnel Competencies and training

PMC’s Chest Pain Center strives to quickly diagnose cardiac patients, begin treatment within minutes and significantly improve the chance of a positive outcome. Studies show that Chest Pain Centers reduce mortality rates by 37 percent. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain, but only ten to fifteen percent of the patients are diagnosed with an acute myocardial infarction, or heart attack. We achieve success with early intervention and rapid initiation of therapy.


Pikeville Medical Center worked with local emergency service providers to equip ambulances with EKG monitors capable of relaying test results during transport. This allows members of PMC’s Chest Pain Center to implement a plan of action while the patient is en route to our emergency department.

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), Coronary Heart Disease is the No. 1 killer in the United States. Statistics show that about 7.9 million people (age 20 and older) have survived a heart attack. This year, the AHA predicts that 1.2 million Americans will suffer their first heart attack. Warning signs often include tightness or pressure in the chest and may also spread to the shoulders, neck and arms.

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