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You may call for emergency medical service by dialing 742-3300 or 911. If you dial 911, a Nassau County Police Department ambulance may be dispatched to your address.
Details about the patient’s current medications, known allergies and medical history should be given to the emergency medical personnel that respond.
Never hesitate to call the fire department in the event of a medical emergency. However, other transportation arrangements should be made for routine or scheduled doctor appointments.
Signs of Heart Attack
- 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.
- Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Symptons may occur with or without chest discomfort.
- Breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Signs of Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause
Dial 742-3300 or 9-1-1 Fast Or use a fire alarm box to notify the fire department
Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast! Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. However, to be effective, these drugs must be given quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. So again, don’t delay — get help right away!
More about heart attack…
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense — the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. However, most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected are not sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help.
Immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number so an ambulance can be sent for you. As with men, women’s most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you are not sure it’s a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don’t wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.
Calling 9-1-1 is usually the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS personnel are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stoppIt is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.
More about stroke…
Immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number so an ambulance can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within 3 hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug called tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) may reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke. tPA is the only FDA-approved medication for the treatment of stroke within three hours of stroke symptom onset.
A TIA, or transient ischemic attack, is a "warning stroke" or "mini-stroke" that produces stroke-like symptoms but no lasting damage. Recognizing and treating TIAs may reduce your risk of a major stroke. The usual TIA symptoms are the same as those of stroke, only temporary. The short duration of these symptoms and lack of permanent brain injury is the main difference between TIA and stroke.
Taken from www.heart.org
The American Heart Association