DON’T DRIVE YOURSELF
For heart attack symptoms, call 911. And live.
AN AMBULANCE IS MORE THAN JUST A RIDE TO THE HOSPITAL
With a heart attack, every second counts. Calling 911 starts your care sooner, which could save your life.
ARRIVING BY AMBULANCE:
- EMTs start your care as soon as they arrive
- EMTs gather and send symptoms and vital signs to the hospital
- EMTs perform an EKG and transmit to the hospital to prepare medical team for your arrival
- EMTs administer oxygen and medications
- EMTs are able to shock your heart and provide other treatments if conditions worsen
- The admissions process is expedited for immediate care upon arrival
ARRIVING BY CAR:
- Delays immediacy of care because hospital staff must first assess your condition
- Delays registrations and admissions due to no advanced notice
- Increases heart muscle damage – saving time saves muscle
- Puts you at greater risk since no one is able treat you if conditions worsen
- Puts other drivers in danger should conditions become worse while driving
Get the treatment you need in the shortest amount of time. Call 911. And live.
- Iowa Mission: Lifeline Public Education & Awareness Campaign Materials Order Form
- Download and share this 2-sided "Don't Drive Yourself" flyer(link opens in new window) with others.
- Learn more about Heart Attack warning signs, your risk, and how to prevent heart disease.
- Use our Interactive Tools to watch a virtual heart attack
- Take the My Life Check assessment to get your own personal heart score and life plan.
- Learn more about Mission: Lifeline Nebraska
Visit the Mission: Lifeline Iowa website
Visit the National Mission: Lifeline website
HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS
- CHEST DISCOMFORT - Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODY - Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- SHORTNESS OF BREATH - with our without chest discomfort.
- OTHER SIGNS - may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or pigheadedness.
STROKE WARNING SIGNS
Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.
- Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
- Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.