Dial, Don't Drive
This year alone, 1.2 million Americans will suffer a cardiac emergency. Unfortunately, about one third of these patients will die before they reach the hospital for one critical reason – a delay in receiving crucial medical treatment.
WHEN CHEST PAIN OCCURS, BE SMART – ALWAYS DIAL, NEVER DRIVE.
This year alone, 1.2 million Americans will suffer a cardiac emergency. Unfortunately, about
treatment. In fact, far too many heart attack patients drive themselves or have a family member drive them
to the hospital. Thankfully, there is a way to help reduce these devastating statistics. “It’s About Time” is a program
developed by the Chest Pain Network of the Prairie Heart Institute of Illinois (PHII), connecting hospitals and EMS
agencies for the fastest and best care for chest pain patients. Always call 911 for medical help – never drive
yourself – when heart attack warning symptoms occur.
When experiencing the signs of a heart attack, every second you save can mean the difference between
irreversible heart damage or a treatable condition, and even life or death. By dialing 911 first, treatment
begins the moment emergency responders arrive. EMS professionals and other first responders can:
• Assess your situation immediately
• Instantly forward your vitals and EKG information to any hospital within The PHII Chest Pain Network
• Administer treatment in the ambulance
• Ensure the hospital heart team will be waiting and ready for your arrival
• Effectively speed the time from heart attack symptom to treatment
When it comes to your heart, time is muscle. Always remember, Dial…Don’t Drive!
You have one heart! Choose wisely.
When it comes to your heart, Prairie is a national leader. And when it comes to heart attacks, Prairie treats patients from more communities than any other cardiology group in Illinois. That’s why when it comes to your heart, be heart-smart and always ask for Prairie.
Leaders in Heart Care
Dial, Don’t Drive is just one of many unique initiative sponsored and directed by Prairie Heart.