Heart Attack

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 right away if you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack, even if you’re not sure. 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 (chest pain).

Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Emergency 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

  • oxygen therapy
  • aspirin to prevent further blood clotting
  • nitroglycerin to reduce your heart’s workload and improve blood flow through the coronary arteries
  • treatment for chest pain.