Chest Pain Unit

When it comes to chest pain, time is of the essence. Houston Methodist has 24-hour Chest Pain Units within our emergency departments where the patient can be evaluated and treated immediately upon arrival with atypical chest pain. Patients are evaluated by a team of specialists to determine if they are having a heart attack.

If a heart attack is indicated, the patient is admitted to Houston Methodist, where highly skilled doctors and staff provide state-of-the-art treatment during the critical early stages of a cardiac event.

The Chest Pain Unit at Houston Methodist Hospital was the first in the Texas Medical Center to be nationally accredited by the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC). Among Houston Methodist’s system of hospitals, Houston Methodist San Jacinto Hospital also received full accreditation with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) from the SCPC. In addition, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital continues to uphold its Chest Pain Center accreditation from the SCPC. This designation is reserved for hospitals across the country that demonstrate the highest level of expertise in treating heart attack patients. This accreditation recognizes Houston Methodist’s expertise and commitment to quality patient care, in addition to the ability to meet or exceed society's stringent criteria as well as performance in on-site evaluations by an expert review team.

The Chest Pain Unit provides the following benefits to patients: 

  • Physicians can monitor patients closely while they are being evaluated 
  • Ensure that patients with chest pains are neither sent home too early, nor needlessly admitted to the hospital 
  • Provides cardiac services ranging from sophisticated diagnostic testing with leading-edge technology to coronary artery angioplasty and open heart surgery