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Too Many Heart Attack Victims Don't Call 911

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  • In a recent study, researchers found that less than a quarter of emergency room patients with chest pain, a symptom of heart attack, used emergency medical transportation, with some even driving themselves to the hospital.
  • Among people who first called their doctors, emergency medical service use was lower, which worries researchers who think these people may be lulled into a false sense of security.
  • The benefits of using emergency medical services is that treatment begins upon arrival and the emergency department can be notified in advance, so care on arrival to the hospital can be quicker.

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