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 DON’T DRIVE YOURSELF
For heart attack symptoms, call 911. And live.

AN AMBULANCE IS MORE THAN JUST A RIDE TO THE HOSPITAL
With a heart attack, every second counts. Calling 911 starts your care sooner, which could save your life.
 

ARRIVING BY AMBULANCE:
ARRIVING BY CAR:
 
  • EMTs start your care as soon as they arrive
  • EMTs gather and send symptoms and vital signs to the hospital
  • EMTs perform an EKG and transmit to the hospital to prepare medical team for your arrival
  • EMTs administer oxygen and medications
  • EMTs are able to shock your heart and provide other treatments if conditions worsen
  • The admissions process is expedited for immediate care upon arrival
  • Delays immediacy of care because hospital staff must first assess your condition
  • Delays registrations and admissions due to no advanced notice
  • Increases heart muscle damage – saving time saves muscle
  • Puts you at greater risk since no one is able treat you if conditions worsen
  • Puts other drivers in danger should conditions become worse while driving

Get the treatment you need in the shortest amount of time. Call 911. And live.

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HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS

CHEST DISCOMFORT

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. 

Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach. 

with or without chest discomfort.

may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.


STROKE WARNING SIGNS

Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:

- Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

- Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

- Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

- Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

- Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

- Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

- Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

- Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.