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The heart is a muscle that needs oxygen and nutrients found in your blood in order to pump more blood rich with these essential ingredients to other parts of your body. The blood is delivered to the heart's walls via the coronary arteries.
When these arteries become blocked or narrowed, and the heart's muscle walls are starved of vital oxygen and nutrients, a heart attack occurs.
Call 911, preferably from a land line – When you use a land line phone instead of your cell phone, the dispatcher will see your home address on his/her screen. If you do use a cell phone, give your address to the emergency medical dispatcher twice for verification.
After you call 911:
Give all the medications you take — including the dosages — to the EMS providers when they come to your home. In fact, it is always a good idea to have this list prepared for doctor visits and emergencies.
Turn your house lights on, unlock the door, and, if someone is with you, have them stand in the driveway to wave down the ambulance driver.
Unless you are allergic to aspirin, immediately chew four uncoated baby aspirins or one adult aspirin to keep your blood platelets from sticking together. Powder analgesics and ibuprofen products will not thin out platelets like aspirin. If you can take aspirin, keep it in your home.
If you or someone you are with is experiencing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack, don’t wait and don’t drive to the hospital. Call 911 right away for lifesaving help.
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