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If you or a loved one experience any of the following, call 9-1-1 immediately!
What is a Heart Attack?
It is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. A heart attack is caused by a narrowing of the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart.
Each year, about 1.1 million Americans suffer a heart attack. About 460,000 of those heart attacks are fatal. About half of those deaths occur within 1 hour of the start of symptoms and before the person reaches the hospital.
Fortunately, everyone can take steps to protect their heart-and their life or that of someone else. The key is seeking medical care as soon as possible. Knowing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack is the first step to saving a life.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
Surviving a Heart Attack
Fast action is the best weapon against a heart attack. Immediate treatment can prevent or limit damage to the heart. The sooner treatment is begun, the better chance of survival and recovery.
Call 9-1-1 whether you are sure that you are having a heart attack or not! Don't wait more than 5 monutes before calling 9-1-1. Calling 9-1-1 for an ambulance is the best way to get to the Hospital because:
Calling 9-1-1 is like bringing the Hospital to your door. EMS can take vital signs, determine your medical condition, and if needed provide medical treatment. The Chester County Hospital has the capability to receive an EKG taken from the ambulance so the Emergency Department and a Cardiologist can begin to review the patient's case before they reach the Hospital. The EMS can also provide a variety of treatments, medications and monitoring devices. They also have the ability to restart the heart with a defibrillator, if needed.
Last Updated: 1/3/2011