SPRINGFIELD — The American College of Cardiology in December awarded PeaceHealth Sacred Heart at RiverBend Chest Pain Center accreditation. The recognition followed an onsite assessment of the staff’s ability to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

RiverBend’s accreditation means the hospital can provide coronary angioplasty at any hour, any day. The non-surgical procedure opens narrowed or blocked coronary arteries with a balloon to relieve symptoms of heart disease or reduce heart damage during or after a heart attack.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 730,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. The most common symptom of heart attack for both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. Other symptoms include tingling or discomfort in one or both arms, back, shoulder, neck or jaw, as well as shortness of breath, a cold sweat, unusual fatigue, a heartburn-like feeling, nausea or vomiting, sudden dizziness and fainting. Women are more likely to have atypical symptoms.