McLeod Health's Air Reach Critical Care Transport helicopter.

Calling 911 is the Fastest Way to Get Lifesaving Treatment

If you, or a loved one, should experience any of the signs of a heart attack - pain in the chest, shortness of breath, and a recurrent discomfort that feels like indigestion - don't ignore the pain.  If you are able, take an aspirin and Call 911.  Don't wait longer than five minutes before calling for help. When a heart attack strikes it is critical that blood flow be restored to the heart in a timely manner. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) staff will begin treatment when they arrive - sometimes up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car.  EMS Staff are also trained and have the equipment to revive someone whose heart has stopped.

If you believe you may be experiencing a heart attack, it is important that you seek medical care right away.  Please do not drive yourself to the hospital.  It could be dangerous to yourself as well as others on the road.  Call 911.  Your cardiac care can begin right away rather than starting when you arrive at the Emergency Department.



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