Don't Drive! Dial 911!

By WEEK Creative Services

April 11, 2014 Updated Apr 11, 2014 at 12:49 PM CDT

According to the AHA, 43 percent of people do not arrive at the hospital by EMS when suffering a heart attack.

One in three people do not call 911 when suffering a stroke.

We want to remind people of the importance of calling 911 in a heart or stroke emergency.

Remember that time lost is brain lost for a stroke, or in the case of a heart attack, muscle lost. Taking action quickly can reduce the amount of brain or heart damage.

If you call 911, EMS are trained to quickly identify the condition and to notify the most appropriate medical facility ahead of time so they are ready when the patient arrives. The patient may bypass the ER and go straight to the cath lab or be treated with a clot-busting drug for a stroke. Because of these protocols, the time between the onset of symptoms and treatment has greatly reduced and results in better outcomes for patients.

Many people are unsure if they are suffering a heart attack or stroke and don't want to make a big deal out of something that may be nothing. That can result in severe brain or heart damage if it was, in fact, a big deal.

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