Imagine you’re out in public or at home when someone has a heart attack. Would you know what to do?
Experts say to call 911 for an ambulance instead of driving the person to the hospital yourself when you suspect a heart attack or stroke. Unlike your car, the ambulance has an EKG machine in it. Paramedics can do an EKG inside the ambulance and send the results directly to the emergency department at the hospital. Then physicians in the ER can notify the on-call cardiologist and catheterization lab team or surgeon to send the patient straight into treatment upon arrival.
The ambulance also has a cardiac monitor that can tell if the patient has any arrhythmias.
Every minute counts.