TriStar Skyline Medical Center, located in North Nashville, has cardiologists readily available for all your heart needs, including screenings, diagnostic cardiac catheterization, angioplasty and cardiac rehabilitation. Our hospital is equipped to treat stroke and heart disease patients with the newest technologies in cardiac ultrasounds and our state-of-the-art catheterization lab.

If you are experiencing chest pain, your symptoms could be a sign of a serious health condition. Call 911 or seek emergency care immediately.

TriStar Skyline is an Accredited Chest Pain Center with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Our expertise and commitment allows us to consistently meet or exceed the criteria established by the Society of Chest Pain Centers.

During a cardiac emergency, we provide fast, life-saving procedures so you get the best quality care.

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Chest pain treatment

Chest pain and shortness of breath are two of the most common reasons to seek emergency care. Often people struggle to interpret what their chest pain means, and it can be difficult to know when chest pain is the result of heartburn or a heart attack.

Sudden, unexpected chest pain can be a potentially life-threatening symptom or a warning sign of another condition. It is vital to educate yourself on the symptoms of a heart attack and where to go in an emergency medical situation.

Chest pain and heart disease may manifest different symptoms in women . These symptoms could include pressure in the lower chest, upper abdomen and/or back and extreme fatigue that may last several ours, weeks, or days.

Types of chest pain

Chest pain can occur when your heart is not getting enough blood. Symptoms may include:

  • Aching
  • Tightening
  • Pressure or squeezing in the chest
  • Pain radiating to your shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back

There are several types of chest pain, including:

  • Stable angina –generally has a predictable pattern and intensity
  • Unstable angina –is unpredictable, more severe and intense
  • Variant angina –is a severe, temporary spasm that suddenly occurs while resting

Source of chest pain

Chest pain may be more or less severe based on some patient’s pre-existing conditions. Heart-related chest pain can come and go and often varies in intensity. Chest pain caused by heart problems may come with other symptoms, like:

  • Tightening in chest
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness or fatigue
  • Lightheadedness or dizziness
  • Nausea

Chest pain can also be attributed to non-heart related issues. Other symptoms may include:

  • Bitter or sour taste in your mouth
  • Sharp or burning below your ribs or breast bone
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Pain that changes when you move positions

Causes of chest pain

Chest pain can be a result of several different conditions. The most common conditions include:

Heart problems:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure
  • Heart valve problems
  • High blood pressure
  • Atrial fibrillation

Lung problems:

  • Pneumonia
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clot)
  • Asthma
  • Pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Inflammation

Digestive problems:

  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Esophagus problems (swallowing)
  • Pancreas or gallbladder problems
  • Hiatal hernia

Preventing heart disease

Researchers have found that these risk-factors are linked to heart disease:

  • Increased age
  • Heredity
  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Physical inactivity
  • Stress
  • Obesity
  • Socioeconomic status

The more risk factors a person has, the greater the chance he or she will develop cardiovascular disease. Men and postmenopausal women are at a greater risk. TriStar Skyline provides the following services to help people manage their risk factors and prevent heart disease and stroke:

  • Risk assessments–You can take our free online heart risk assessment to determine your heart disease risk factors and discover your heart’s true age.
  • Screenings–Cardiac scoring, blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings are offered numerous times throughout the year. Visit our events and classes page to learn about upcoming screenings, classes and events.

Exercise is a great way to combat heart disease.

Treating heart disease

TriStar Skyline offers a range of cardiac procedures and treatment options for heart disease. This allows our medical teams to provide the best treatment possible for each cardiac patient they see.


Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that is used to clear blocked blood vessels. Balloon angioplasty is the most common form of this procedure, it involves a catheter with a balloon on the end that is threaded through a vein to the clogged artery where it is inflated. The balloon is able to reshape the artery to allow blood to flow more easily. Often during an angioplasty, a stent is placed to keep the artery from closing again.

Cardiac cath lab

Our cardiac catheterization laboratory is where our cardiologists are able to perform procedures like angioplasties, myocardial biopsies and stent placements. We also perform angiograms, or X-rays of the inside of the heart vessels, in our cath lab.

Cardiac monitoring

Cardiac monitoring is performed at TriStar Skyline through telemetry (radio waves) or directly (hard-wired). Patients are the primary beneficiary of this continuous cardiac monitoring.

Diagnostic procedures

  • Electrocardiography (EKG)
  • Holter monitoring studies
  • Nuclear medicine studies
  • Echocardiogram
  • Treadmill testing


Every year, about 1.2 million people in the U.S. have a heart attack. In these emergent situations, time is muscle – the longer medical intervention takes, the more damage may occur to the heart.

TriStar Health hospitals are the first and only hospital in Nashville and Middle Tennessee using innovative mobile health technology that sends vital information about a patient’s heart to the doctor before a patient even arrives at the ER.

Your doctor at TriStar Centennial Heart at Skyline is closer than ever with AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™.

AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™ is an innovative application that allows TriStar Centennial Heart at Skyline physicians and clinicians access to live ECG data on their iPhone® and iPad®. This immediate access to ECGs supports faster, more accurate cardiac care decisions when every minute counts.

ECGs accessed with AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™ are sharp and detailed digital images. Our critical care unit can analyze and diagnose a patient’s condition before the patient has even arrived via ambulance at the hospital.

AirStrip CARDIOLOGY™ uses data from the GE Healthcare MUSE® Cardiology Information System. It is cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and is compliant with federal patient privacy regulations.