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Know when to call 911

Every minute matters!

On the big screen, heart attack victims clutch their chest and fall to the ground. In the real world, it’s not that dramatic. Signs of a heart attack could simply be arm pain, shortness of breath or even cold sweats.

Calling 911 means emergency medical services staff can notify the hospital and begin treatment even before you arrive, protecting your heart and your life.

Some people wait too long—they’re afraid they’ll be embarrassed if they call 911 and find they are not having a heart attack.

Don’t wait—an early call can make a difference.

The amount of damage to the heart during a heart attack depends on the amount of time between symptoms and treatment. Only 1 in 5 patients gets to the hospital before the heart is significantly damaged.
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