American Heart Association Kern County

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.

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.

Locally sponsored by

Dignity Health, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals is proud to be a local supporter of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association's COVID-19 Response.

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