Surviving a Heart Attack

If you think you’re having a heart attack…

If your symptoms last more than 10 minutes, seek immediate medical help. Your best bet is to call 9-1-1. Most ambulances are equipped with emergency cardiac equipment, and the responders are trained in lifesaving procedures, so they can start treating you as soon as they arrive. (Arriving at the hospital via ambulance and showing symptoms of chest pain typically means that you’ll get treated more quickly than if a family member or friend drives you to the ER. Never drive yourself to the hospital if you think you are having a heart attack.)

After you’ve called for help, if you have aspirin available, chew a tablet to begin dissolving the blood clot as you wait for help to arrive. (It’s important to remember to tell first responders and medical staff that you took an aspirin before they start working on you.)

The most important thing you can do is to be aware of these symptoms and react quickly because your life or that of your loved one depends on it.