Heart & Vascular Institute

Heart attack treatments

A faster response for a faster recovery

A heart attack is a medical emergency. If you think someone is having a heart attack, call 911 immediately. You can also try the following until help arrives:

Check for responsiveness

Tap the person's shoulder and shout, "Are you OK?" Check to see if the person is breathing and if the person is not responsive, yell for help. Tell someone to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number.

Give cardiopulmonary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

If you have not received CPR training, doctors recommend skipping mouth-to-mouth rescue breathing and performing only chest compressions.

Use an automated external defibrillator as soon as one is available
Use an AED as soon as it arrives by turning it on and following the prompt.

Contact your Novant Health provider today if you feel that you or a loved one is at risk of heart attack.

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