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The Healthy Heart Handbook for Women

Plan Ahead

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.
Printable form.

Information To Share With Emergency Medical
Personnel and Hospital Staff
Medicines you are taking:

Medicines you are allergic to:
How To Contact Your Doctor
If symptoms stop completely in less than 5 minutes, you should still
call your doctor right away.

Phone number during office hours:

Phone number after office hours:
Person To Contact If You Go to the Hospital

Home phone number:

Work phone number:

Cell phone number:
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Last Updated: February 29, 2012

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