Survive Don’t Drive

A Message From Our Coordinated Care Team

When you or a loved one first notice heart attack symptoms, dial 911.

Why Not Drive?

  • Attempting to drive to the hospital can cause delays in diagnosis and life-saving treatments
  • Every minute of delay in getting treatment increases the liklihood of damage or death to heart muscle
  • EMS providers begin life-saving treatments on the way to the hospital
  • As part of a WTHVC coordinated care team, EMS providers communicate critical information with the health professionals the hospital prior to the patient's arrival

Recognize the Signs of Heart Attack

More women than men die from heart attacks each year because they fail to acknowledge the symptoms in time to get medical assistance. For men, heart attacks are usually triggered by physical exersion, while emotional stress is often the trigger for women. Any of the following symptoms can be a sign of heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest. The discomfort lasts for more than a few minutes or it may go away and come back. The discomfort may feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This may include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath may occur with or before chest discomfort.
  • Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, light-headedness, unexplained exhaustion or anxiety.

Are you at risk? Take a five-minute online risk assessment test now. If you are found at risk, you may qualify for a health screening or follow up from a healthcare professional.

West Tennessee Healthcare (WTH) does not exclude, deny benefits to, or otherwise discriminate against any person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, Limited English Proficiency or sex, including discrimination based on gender identity, sexual orientation, sex stereotyping or pregnancy in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by WTH directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which WTH arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

For further information about this policy, contact Amy Garner (731) 541-9914.