Don't hesitate - call 9-1-1

More than 50 percent of patients experiencing chest pain walk into the Emergency Room or Emergency Department (ED) rather than calling 911. Calling 911 starts treatment earlier.

  • 911 dispatchers are often trained to locate you quickly and assist you in early treatment options
  • In many areas, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) can diagnosis a heart attack by using an electrocardiogram (ECG) and also initiate early treatment
  • Arriving by ambulance to the ED helps to ensure that you will not wait to be seen by a doctor. Many patients who experience chest pain drive themselves, only to find that they may wait in the ED lobby until they can see the doctor
  • EMS can radio ahead to the ED that you are on your way. This enables the ED staff to be ready for you when you arrive through their doors.
Remember when it comes to treating a heart attack -- every second counts! Get emergency care as quickly as possible. The sooner you seek treatment could mean the difference between life and death.