Nationally Accredited Chest Pain Center
UF Health The Villages® Hospital is recognized by the American College of Cardiology as an Accredited Chest Pain Center with PCI and Resuscitation.
For you, this means we are better equipped, trained and staffed to care for you in case of a heart attack.
The PCI designation means that we use a specialized treatment called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) as the primary treatment for acute heart attacks. This ensures that patients experiencing an acute heart attack receive rapid treatment in the cardiac cath lab to minimize damage to the heart muscle. The resuscitation designation refers to our robust hypothermia program for post-cardiac arrest patients, which is designed to temporarily lower a patient's body temperature to reduce the risk of brain damage.
One in four heart attack victims will have a severe enough heart attack to require PCI in order to open clogged arteries and restore blood flow to the heart.
Requirements for a Primary PCI and Resuscitation Designation
To qualify for the PCI and Resuscitation designation, a hospital must demonstrate its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria. If these requirements are met, the American College of Cardiology then conducts an on-site evaluation.
Heart attack resources
Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack is essential to getting help quickly. Visit the pages below for tips, risk factors, and ideas to live a heart-healthier life.
- Signs and symptoms of a heart attack.
- Take our heart attack risk assessment.
- Early Heart Attack Care®, or EHAC®, is an awareness campaign intended to educate the public about the signs of an impending heart attack and that these signs and symptoms can occur days or weeks before the actual even. CLICK HERE to learn more and to take the EHAC® pledge or CLICK HERE to watch a short video.