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What can I do if someone is having a heart attack?

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If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort or other heart attack symptoms, call 911 right away. Emergency medical services (EMS) personnel can start treatment on the way to the hospital. They’re also trained to revive a person if their heart stops.

If you can't reach EMS, drive the person to the hospital. If you’re the one with the symptoms, don’t drive yourself to the hospital unless you have no other choice.

Many people delay treatment because they doubt they are having a heart attack. They don't want to bother or worry their friends and family.

SOURCES: 

eMedicineHealth: "Heart Attack Symptoms."

American Heart Association: "Heart Attack, Stroke, and Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Are the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?"

MedicineNet: Health Tip: If Someone Is Having a Heart Attack."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 10, 2020

SOURCES: 

eMedicineHealth: "Heart Attack Symptoms."

American Heart Association: "Heart Attack, Stroke, and Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "What Are the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack?"

MedicineNet: Health Tip: If Someone Is Having a Heart Attack."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on September 10, 2020

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