What to Do in a Cardiac Emergency

What to Do in a Cardiac Emergency

Step 1: Call 9-1-1


Emergency Services will get you to the care you need the fastest! In Scarborough-Durham, the ambulance will take you directly to the regional cardiac centre at SHN’s Centenary hospital. You will be fast-tracked to get life-saving treatment right away.


Step 2: Take Aspirin®

If the 911 operator advises and you are not allergic, chew and swallow one adult Aspirin—or two baby Aspirin (80 mg tablets). This can help to prevent blood clotting.


Step 3: Try to relax

Stop all physical activity and lie down. Remain calm until the ambulance arrives.


Common signs of a heart attack

  • Chest pain
  • Pain going to arms, neck or jaw
  • Nausea, shortness of breath, or cold sweat
  • Other signs: Extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, indigestion, dizziness or light-headedness