Why 911 Is The Quickest Route To Survival

When it comes to surviving a heart attack, every second counts. A study by the American College of Cardiology reports that patients with door-to-balloon time (from the onset of the attack to balloon angioplasty) of 90 minutes or less had nearly half the mortality rate of those with longer times.

Calling 911 is, by far, the quickest way to get a heart attack victim help. Emergency medical care can immediately begin when paramedics arrive. These trained professionals can make an initial diagnosis, administer life-saving drugs and even revive a heart that has stopped. The paramedics can also perform an EKG in the ambulance and transmit the results to the hospital. When the patient arrives at the hospital, the staff is prepared to begin immediate treatment. That can be as much as an hour sooner than a heart attack victim who arrives by car.

What’s more, the ambulance knows the quickest route to the hospital and will take the patient to the right hospital. The heart attack victim will avoid check-in procedures and waiting time, assuring the quickest treatment and the best bet for survival.