Timely treatment can mean the difference between returning to work or becoming permanently disabled, and even between life and death. Calling 911 when you or someone else is experiencing heart attack or stroke symptoms can make all the difference
Take an ambulance, not your car! Calling 911 is almost always the fastest way to get life-saving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment as soon as they arrive -- up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. If you experience or witness any of the symptoms listed below, call 911 immediately!
Stroke symptoms constitute an emergency... Remember to BE FAST:
"B" - Balance
Is the person suddenly having trouble with balance or coordination?
"E" - Eyes
Is the person experiencing suddenly blurred or double vision or a sudden loss of vision in one or both eyes without pain?
"F" - Face Drooping
Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
"A"- Arm Weakness
Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
"S" - Speech Difficulty
Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence like, “The sky is blue.” Is the sentence repeated correctly?
"T" - Time to call 911
If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 911 and get them to the hospital immediately
It is important to note that the signs and symptoms of a heart attack differ between men and women. Remember... treatment starts when the emergency medical professionals arrive. Call "911" instead of driving yourself or a loved one to the hospital.