Calling 9-1-1 Can Save Your Life
1,900 Placer County Residents Have Learned
Lifesaving CPR Since the Program Launched on
April 1, 2012
Every year, almost 400,000 people experience ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI) – the deadliest type of heart attack. A significant number do not receive the prompt reperfusion therapy that is critical to restoring blood flow to the heart after such an attack. The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate STEMI patients from receiving timely, life-saving access to appropriate treatments.
With the Placer 9-1-1 campaign, the objective is to educate the community about the critical need to know the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and importance of calling 9-1-1 should they experience those signs or symptoms. The goal is to decrease the amount of walk-ins into Placer County emergency departments and to have as many EMS transported patients as possible. Check out the print advertisement recently created to raise awareness of this important goal.
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FAST FACTS ABOUT HEART ATTACKS
You've probably seen movies where people clutch their chests because they're having heart attacks. Sometimes they happen life that - intense chest pain, perhaps with pain in an arm or the jaw. There's no doubt what's going on. However, sometimes heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Know the warning signs.
WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK
- Most heart attacks involve chest discomfort. It may last for several minutes or go away and come back. It may feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Be alert to pain or discomfort in the arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea/vomiting or lightheadedness.
Heart attacks are serious business - every second counts. If you see or feel any of these symptoms, get help.
REDUCE RISK FACTORS FOR HEART ATTACKS
There are two types of risk factors for heart attacks: Those you cannot change and those you can.
Risk factors that can't be changed:
Risk factors you can change:
- Quit smoking
- Keep your cholesterol levels where they belong
- Lower your blood pressure through diet, physical activity, and medication, if necessary
- Make smart, healthy food choices
- Control your weight
- Increase your physical activity levels
You can download and print this important heart attack information on a handy bookmark!
Talk with your doctor about your risk factors and get the facts (and help) you need to move forward. When it comes to your health, you are the cure.
A special thank you to the following for making this campaign a success:
Sutter Roseville Medical Center
City of Roseville Fire Department
Sierra-Sacramento Valley EMS Agency
For additional information, please call the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association at (916) 446-6505.