Frequently Asked Questions
4. What should I do if I think I or someone else is having a heart attack?
Know the warning signs of a heart attack so you can act fast to get treatment for yourself or someone else. The sooner you get emergency help, the less damage your heart will sustain.
Call 9–1–1 for an ambulance right away if you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack. You also should call for help if your chest pain doesn't go away as it usually does when you take medicine prescribed for angina.
Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Medical personnel in the ambulance can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.
They carry drugs and equipment that can help your medical condition, including
- aspirin to prevent further blood clotting
- heart medications, such as nitroglycerin
- pain relief treatments
- defibrillators that can restart the heart if it stops beating.