Don’t Die of Doubt, call 9-1-1.
As hospitals, communities and governments worldwide struggle to understand the COVID-19 pandemic, data shows an alarming reduction in the number heart attacks, strokes and cardiac arrests being reported as well as reductions in 9-1-1 calls and ER visits.
Even in the midst of COVID-19, certain emergency heart and stroke symptoms require immediate medical intervention. In these cases, every second counts and hospitals are still the safest place to be.
Calling 911 at the first signs of a heart attack, stroke, or cardiac arrest could be a lifesaving decision. Reducing the time between symptom on set and medical treatment drastically improves the chances of surviving a cardiovascular event. Emergency responders have the equipment and training to initiate treatment and monitor of a patient’s condition and calling 9-1-1 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.
Home ismeant to be our safe place, but heart attacks and strokes don’t stay home. Don’t avoid the ER out of anxiety. Don’t die of doubt. Don’t stay silent and don’t stay home.
The American Heart Association mission — to be a relentless force for a world of healthier, longer lives — is more important than ever. People with cardiovascular diseases are more likely to be seriously impacted by COVID-19 than others, too. If you experience the symptoms of heart attack or stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. To learn more about those symptoms, visit Heart.org/DontDieofDoubt.
— Gina Petrone Mumolie, DNP, MBA, RN NEA-BC, Chair, Central New Jersey Heart Walk, Sr. VP Hospital Administration, Capital Health, Pennington, NJ