How EMTs Help (Heart Health)
If you’re having a heart attack, calling 9-1-1 is like bringing a hospital emergency department to your door. Here’s what emergency personnel can do:
Emergency medical personnel can take vital signs, determine your medical condition, and give added medical care, if needed.
In many places, emergency medical personnel are linked to hospitals and doctors, so they can relay your vital signs and electrocardiogram to the emergency department before you arrive. This way, you receive immediate continued treatment by emergency department personnel once you reach the hospital.
Emergency medical personnel can give a variety of treatments and medications at the scene. Emergency medical personnel carry drugs and equipment that can help your medical condition, including oxygen, heart medications (such as nitroglycerin), pain relief treatments (such as morphine), and defibrillators (equipment that restarts the heart if it stops beating).