Getting Help During a Heart Attack (Heart Health)
Minutes matter. Anyone with heart attack warning signs â€” chest discomfort, upper body discomfort, shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness â€” needs to get medical treatment right away. Don’t wait more than five minutes at most to call 9-1-1.
By calling 9-1-1 and taking an ambulance, you will get to the hospital in the fastest way possible. There also are other benefits to calling 9-1-1:
Emergency personnel can begin treatment immediately â€” even before you arrive at the hospital.
Your heart may stop beating during a heart attack. Emergency personnel have the equipment and training needed to start it beating again.
Heart attack patients who arrive by ambulance tend to receive faster treatment when they arrive at the hospital.
If you think you are having heart attack symptoms and cannot call 9-1-1, have someone else drive you to the hospital at once. Never drive yourself, unless there is no other choice.