Here’s what to do if you think that you or someone you’re with is having a heart attack:
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