Don't Delay... Call 911

Timely treatment can mean the difference between returning to work or becoming permanently disabled, and the difference between life and death. Calling 911 when you or someone else is experiencing heart attack or stroke symptoms can make all the difference!

When Time Matters

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!

Signs & Symptoms of a Stroke

  • One-sided weakness or numbness in face, arm or leg
  • Sudden confusion or garbled speech
  • Sudden change in vision
  • Sudden severe headache
  • Difficulty with balance or coordination

Stroke symptoms constitute an emergency... Remember to think FAST:

“F” Face Drooping (Ask the person to smile)

“A” Arm Weakness (Ask the person to raise both arms)

“S” Speech Difficulty (Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence)

“T” Time to call 911 (If the person demonstrates any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away)

Signs & Symptoms of a Heart Attack


  • Chest discomfort
  • Arm, back, neck or jaw pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating, nausea
  • Lightheadedness


  • Chest, jaw, neck & shoulder pain
  • Nausea, indigestion & stomach pain
  • Unusual fatigue
  • Dizziness and/or lightheadedness
  • Shortness of breath