Know When to Call 9-1-1

When it comes to heart attack and stroke, calling 9-1-1 instead of driving yourself or a loved one to a nearby emergency room can be the difference between life and death. Quick treatment limits damage to the brain and heart, and increases the chance of a full recovery. Women, in particular, often hesitate to call an ambulance for fear of embarrassment or causing an inconvenience to their family. But don’t delay treatment — it could save your life.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack

The most common heart attack symptom is some type of pressure, pain or discomfort in the chest. This feeling is not always severe or the most prominent symptom, particularly in women. 

Women are more likely than men to have heart attack symptoms unrelated to chest pain, such as: