Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that about one in every four deaths occur from heart disease, most commonly from coronary heart disease. High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key risk factors, with an estimated half of us having at least one of these risk factors.

These statistics also reflect the state of Kentucky, where cardiovascular diseases and stroke remain the leading causes of death. And even though the numbers have been in steady decline in recent years, The American Heart Association still ranks Kentucky in the top 10 for death rates due to heart disease and stroke.

High blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol, and smoking are key heart disease risk factors for heart disease, with an estimated half of our country having at least one of these risk factors. Diabetes, overweight/obesity, poor dietary habits, physical inactivity, and excessive alcohol use only increase the risk.

The cardiology department of T.J. Samson Community Hospital offers services to inpatients and outpatients. Professionals work closely with the physicians to serve clients of all age-groups.

We provide diagnostic, non-invasive cardiac testing, including, but not limited to:
  • Electrocardiagrams (EKG)
  • Echocardiograms
  • Transesophageal echocardiograms
  • Pharmacological stress tests
  • Nuclear stress tests
  • Synchronized cardioversion
  • Tilt table
  • Impedance cardiogram
  • Holter monitoring
  • Event recordings

When scheduled early and often, these tests can often pre-empt heart disease before it advances. With early indication and honest lifestyle assessment, heart disease and stroke risks can be managed and even prevented. 

T.J. Samson Community Hospital

Receives Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation


“When someone is experiencing chest pain, every minute matters.  We want to ensure that our patients receive the best care possible.  As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, we have achieved a higher level of expertise for treating these patients,” stated Bud Wethington, President and CEO of T.J. Regional Health.

Heart attacks are the leading cause of death in the United States, with 600,000 people dying annually of heart disease. More than five million Americans visit hospitals each year with chest pain. ACC’s goal is to significantly reduce the mortality rate of these patients by teaching the public to recognize and react to the early symptoms of a possible heart attack, reduce the time that it takes to receive treatment, and increase the accuracy and effectiveness of treatment.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s (CPC) evidence-based, protocol-driven and systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Accredited facilities better monitor patients when it is not initially clear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation process came about as greater numbers of facilities in the United States sought to establish standards and adopt best practices in the quality of care provided to patients experiencing chest pain. The Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed an array of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. Hospitals that receive ACC Accreditation status have achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who present with symptoms of a heart attack. They emphasize the importance of standardized diagnostic and treatment programs that provide more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms. They also serve as a point of entry into the healthcare system to evaluate and treat other medical problems, and they help to promote a healthier lifestyle in an attempt to reduce the risk factors for heart attack.

By achieving ACC’s Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI Accreditation status, T.J. Samson Community Hospital demonstrates expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing, and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients at low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Constructing a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack