You know, we cannot stress enough that when
you’re having a heart attack, you need to activate the 9-1-1 system, or your local emergency
number. This process is sometimes confusing for people that have called for the first
time. You pick up the phone and you dial 9-1-1, and on the other end an operator will answer
your phone who will most likely, ask you where your emergency is at. You need to give them
an accurate location of where you’re at at this time, and possibly, even a description
of your house, if your house is not properly marked from the street. This will make it
a lot easier for emergency service personnel to find you. They will also ask you a series
of questions to identify that you’re having a medical emergency, the type of nature of
the emergency, which in this case would be a heart attack. You need to answer these questions
patiently, and appropriate resources will be sent to you. In case of a heart attack,
you will receive an ambulance; hopefully; that is paramedic level, and most likely,
also first responders will show up early to be able to give you the initial treatment.
When the paramedics show up, there can start treatment for your heart attack early. This
usually entails that they’re going to want identify your chest pain; possibly even be
able to diagnose that you’re having a heart attack, or what we refer to as a Code STEMI.
They can do early notification of the hospital, and help the process of you to get the advance
medical care that you need in your serious medical event.