Helping Others During a Heart Attack
If you are ever faced with a loved one or stranger experiencing a heart attack or having chest pains, CALL 9-1-1. Do not drive them to the hospital. EMS can provide on-the-scene, life-saving treatment. For example, they can perform an electrocardiogram (ECG), a test that records the electrical activity of your heart. They will transmit the ECG to the emergency room. This will help the emergency room nurses and physicians to prepare for your arrival.
Please visit “What to Expect in the ER” for more information about your arrival at the emergency department.
After you call 9-1-1, it is okay to give a person who is experiencing a heart attack or chest pains one regular-strength (325 mg.) aspirin to chew on. Please visit “Chew On This” for more information about this life-saving trick.