Accredited Chest Pain Center in Northern Virginia

Every minute matters during a heart attack. At Reston Hospital Center, our highly trained cardiologists and cardiac care teams are recognized for their ability to quickly identify heart attack symptoms and immediately begin life-saving treatment.

Accredited Chest Pain Center


As the only Accredited Chest Pain Center in northern Virginia certified by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, our emergency room is prepared to treat heart attacks 24/7. This designation means we meet and/or exceed highest standards of care care in treating heart attack patients.

If you think someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. Fast treatment is critical to save the patient's life.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Reston Hospital:

  • Integrates the emergency room with local emergency medical services
  • Assesses, diagnoses and treats patients quickly
  • Effectively treats patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome
  • Ensures Chest Pain Center personnel competency and training
  • Continually seeks to improve processes and procedures
  • Supports community outreach and education about heart attack symptoms

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What is a heart attack?

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart muscle becomes blocked. As a heart attack goes untreated, it may lead to permanent damage to the heart muscle and even death, therefore, immediate medical attention is critical.

Comprehensive heart attack treatment

Our emergency room team partners with local emergency medical services (EMS) providers to streamline heart attack care. In most cases, your heart attack treatment begins in the ambulance on the way to Reston Hospital. This collaboration allows us to proactively assemble a cardiac team so we can begin treatment immediately upon your arrival.

Our cardiac catheterization lab, common known as a cath lab, is staffed 24/7 with specialists highly trained in opening blocked arteries—well within the American Heart Association's standard of 90 minutes.

Patients recover in our cardiac critical care unit with 24/7 monitoring and supervision. We also offer on-site physical therapy and rehabilitation services to help you rebuild your heart's strength after a heart attack.

For more information about heart care at Reston Hospital, please call (877) 689-3627.

Heart attack symptoms

Recognizing the signs of a heart attack could save your life or someone else’s life. If someone experiences the following heart attack symptoms, seek medical attention immediately:

  • Chest pain (angina) that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Chest discomfort, such as pressure, squeezing or fullness
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, your back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort
  • Cold sweats
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Heart attack symptoms in women

Signs of a heart attack in men are often different than those in women. These symptoms more commonly show up for women having a heart attack symptoms than in men:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Jaw pain

Women are less likely to recognize symptoms as signs of a heart attack, and consequently are tend to wait before seeking emergency treatment.