The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women
Nobody plans on having a heart attack. But just as many people have a plan in case of fire, it is important to develop a plan to deal with a possible heart attack. Taking the following steps can preserve your health—and your life:
- Learn the heart attack warning signs by heart.
- Talk with family and friends about the warning signs and the need to call 9-1-1 quickly.
- Talk with your health care provider about your risk factors for heart attack and how to reduce them.
- Write out a heart attack survival plan that has vital medical information and keep it handy. (Use the accompanying box below as a guide.)
- Arrange in advance to have someone care for your children or other dependents in an emergency.
If you think you, or someone else, may be having a heart attack, you must act quickly to prevent disability or death. Wait no more than a few minutes—5 at most—before dialing 9-1-1.
Fill out the form below and make several copies of it. Keep one copy near your home phone, another at work, and a third copy in your wallet or purse.
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Last Updated: February 29, 2012