The Windsor Cardiac Centre Windsor Chest Pain Program (WCPC) was developed to improve emergency room patient outcomes while reducing the stress on our local hospitals.
Introduced in May 2006, in partnership with Windsor Regional Hospital (MET) and Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital (HDGH), the WCPC has provided over 8000 ER patients with non-invasive, patient-friendly cardiac testing within 24 hours of their ER visit.
This immediate assessment by a cardiology specialist ensures each ER patient receives the necessary care to avoid cardiac complications. Benefits of this out-patient testing include:
- Non-invasive testing
- Decreased cost on the health care system
- Reduced length of stay at the hospital
- Reduced load on the health care system
- Decreased risk for infection
- Decreased wait times at the ER
- A proven standard of cardiac care: WCC is Accredited with Exemplary Standing through Accreditation Canada & has an Accredited Echo Lab through the IAC
“Chest pain is the second most common ER presenting complaint.”
Advanced Cardiology Testing
The WCPC’s goal is to provide ER patients with a specialist assessment of their chest pain symptoms as quickly as possible to ensure they are at optimal health upon leaving the ER. We achieve this through the following advanced cardiology testing:
A stress echocardiogram is an exercise test that evaluates the heart using both ECG and an ultrasound technology. The patient undergoing a stress echocardiogram is generally walking on a treadmill while being observed. Learn more about the Stress Echocardiogram
A stress test can be used to test for heart disease by providing information about how the heart responds to exertion. It involves walking on a treadmill with increasing levels of difficulty, while your electrocardiogram, heart rate, and blood pressure are monitored. Learn more about the Stress Test
(Atlas report: emergency department services in Ontario, 1993-2000. Toronto (ON): Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences; 2001, Circulation 1999 April 6;99(13):1671-7”.)