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Heart and Vascular


Issue 1-2: Heart Attack

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Find a Free Health Screening
Take the "Are You Ready" Quiz
Helping Others During a Heart Attack
Life After a Heart Attack
Cardiac and Stroke Support Groups
Take the Heart Quiz
Know Your Numbers
Understanding High Blood Pressure
Heart Healthy Eating
Reduce Your Sodium Intake
How Can A Cardiologist Help My Heart?
Chew On This
What to Expect at the ER
Cardiac Rehabilitation

Helping Others During a Heart Attack

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.