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Make The Call: Don't Miss A Beat

Heart Attack Facts

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When help arrives

  • Stay calm and describe your symptoms in a clear, direct manner.
  • Be specific. Tell them what the pain feels like, where you feel it, how strong it is, and when it started.
  • Stress that the pain is not normal for you and is "like nothing I've ever felt before."
  • If you have heart disease or someone in your family has had a heart attack before, say so. This could help them take your symptoms more seriously.

When the ambulance comes, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) will ask you about your health history and any medications you are taking or are allergic to. If you have your medical documents with you, now is the time to hand them over. The job of the EMTs is to get you safely to the hospital so that doctors can identify the cause of your symptoms and start treatment. Getting your story right from the beginning will help make sure you are treated as soon as possible.