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    Heart Attack - Minutes Matter

According to the National Heart, Blood and Lung Institute, of the people who die from heart attacks each year, nearly half die within an hour of the first symptoms - before they reach the hospital. Recognizing the symptoms and seeking emergency medical care immediately can minimize damage to the body's most important muscle - and could save your life. 

Time is muscle

The less time that passes between the start of heart attack symptoms and the restoration of blood flow via a surgical procedure, the less damage your heart is likely to sustain.
To put time on your side, learn what a heart attack feels like and what to do if you think you are experiencing one. Symptoms such as chest discomfort, shortness of breath and nausea are common in both men and women, while most people older than 85 do not experience chest pain during a heart attack. 

Think you're having a heart attack?

Note the time of your first symptom and call 911 within five minutes. By traveling to the ER in an ambulance instead of driving yourself or riding with a friend or family member, emergency responders are able to begin lifesaving treatment immediately.
Even if the episode proves to be a false alarm, you'll gain fresh appreciation for your heart and invaluable experience in handling a cardiac emergency. 

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911. 

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