According to the American Heart Association, heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. every 34 seconds. Every 90 seconds someone dies from a cause related to heart disease. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke every 40 seconds, and every four minutes someone will die from a stroke.
It's a simple fact: Time saves lives. Calling 911 is the most efficient way to put time on your side.
While there are many reasons to call 911, there are definitive reasons why you must. If there is any evidence of a heart attack or stroke make the call. Uncontrolled bleeding, difficulty breathing, serious accident, loss of consciousness and severe allergic reactions also warrant a call to 911.
Heart attack symptoms may include uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or pain in your chest, pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, neck or jaw; or breaking out in cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.
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For women, heart attack symptoms are atypical. Yes, they may include the above-mentioned symptoms, but women may also experience nausea/vomiting, back or jaw pain, dizziness or extreme fatigue. An individual may think a symptom is nothing serious.
However, the aforementioned symptoms pose very serious risks. Let expertly trained paramedics assess and transport you to the closest medical facility to determine how serious — or not serious — your symptoms are. Time makes all the difference.
When the following stroke symptoms occur patients should remember to act F.A.S.T. Look for Face (facial droop or uneven smile), Arm (arm weakness or numbness), Speech (slurred or difficulty speaking or repeating a sentence), Time (Don't waste time, call 911. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.)
Some individuals may prefer to drive themselves or have another person transport them to the emergency room. Call 911 instead.