Calling an ambulance for concerning symptoms associated with a heart attack can be the difference between life and death.
During a heart attack, heart muscle is damaged as long as blood flow in th artery that supplies it is restricted, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). If you are concerned about your symptoms, it's essential to seek treatment fast. Emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, can communicate with the hospital immediately after arriving at the scene, providing information to the hospital that may help diagnose the issue and beginning treatment earlier.
Ambulances can also arrive at the hospital quicker than a civilian vehicle. People who suspect they are having a heart attack should never attempt to drive themselves to the hospital, as their condition may worsen, further endangering themselves and others.
While diagnosis is left to the experts, recognizing potential heart attack symptoms can be key. For example, people who experience chest pain that lasts for a few minutes or longer should immediately seek medical attention, as chest pain is a frequent sign of heart attack. Other concerning symptoms include cold sweat, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, shortness of breath, and back or jaw pain. The last three occur more frequently in women, according to the AHA.