Don't Die of Doubt

Hospitals are still the safest place for you to be when medical emergencies strike. Don’t hesitate or doubt: Call 911 at the first sign of a heart attack or stroke.

Five reasons hospitals are safe for heart, stroke emergencies — even in the pandemic

Although COVID-19 has changed the world, it hasn’t changed the fact that hospitals are the safest place to be if there’s a heart attack, stroke or other medical emergency.

Don't Doubt: Call 911 if these symptoms appear

Heart Attack Symptoms

  • Chest discomfort that can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain
  • Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Other signs may include a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.

Stroke Symptoms

If you think someone is having a stroke, think F.A.S.T.

  • Face drooping on one side or numb
  • Arm weakness
  • Speech that’s slurred, difficulty speaking
  • T stands for time to call 911.

“I Don’t Want You to Die of Doubt”

Minnesotan Jerry Chiaverini was out riding his bike this summer when he started feeling what he thought was indigestion. Fortunately, however, his wife, Lora Lee, a registered nurse with St. Luke’s Hospital in Duluth, had recently seen the American Heart Association’s new campaign, Don’t Die of Doubt. Loralee convinced Jerry that he needed to go to the emergency department. A week later he was having triple bypass surgery.


She doubted her heart attack symptoms. She hopes others know better.

Charley Bednarsh feared burdening health care workers already overburdened by COVID-19. So she didn't call 911. That delay could have killed her.

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Coronavirus Updates

The American Heart Association offers current, science-based information about the COVID-19 pandemic, how it impacts patients and tips to manage your health and well-being.

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