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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

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. 


STROKE WARNING SIGNS

- 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.