I have to admit this: it was pretty exciting to be interviewed on the subject of surviving a heart attack by magazine writer Amelia Harnish for Ladies Home Journal’s special Heart Month online edition. You can read her article called Heartburn or Heart Attack? – see what you think! But first, an embarrassed warning: remember when your parents wagged their fingers at you and said: “Do like I say, not like I do!” Keep that counsel in mind when you read my heart attack story. Example: do not, under any circumstances, get into your car and drive yourself anywhere while you are experiencing heart attack symptoms.
Nor should you ask anybody else to drive you to the E.R. (as I did, too). There are very good reasons to call 911 and have ambulance paramedics attend to you as soon as possible.
When it comes to surviving a cardiac event, “TIME EQUALS MUSCLE”, as cardiologists like to say. The faster you can get to the E.R. (within 15 minutes of the onset of symptoms is ideal) the sooner life-saving treatments can be started.
- Knowing & Going: Get Help Fast When Heart Attack Symptoms Hit
- Why Wouldn’t You Call 911 for Heart Attack Symptoms?
- Yale Heart Study Asks Why We Wait So Long Before Seeking Help in Mid-Heart Attack
- Getting Help During a Heart Attack: ‘Delayers’ vs ‘Survivors’
- A Heart Film to Watch Before the “Pink Season” Gets Here
- How the Bee Gees Can Save Your Life During a Cardiac Arrest
- How Does It Really Feel to Have a Heart Attack? Women Survivors Tell Their Stories
- ‘Time Equals Muscle’ During Women’s Heart Attacks
- Having a Heart Attack? Call 911 – and Pack Your Tetris Game
- Denial and Its Deadly Role in Surviving a Heart Attack
- More media coverage of my heart attack misdiagnosis story