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Lincoln Recognized for Acute Heart Event Response



No one wants to have a heart attack, and if you do have one, you hope that you get the right care, in the right amount of time.  Lincoln residents can rest assured that their EMS and heart attack systems of care are up to the task of providing the necessary response. Recently, Lincoln NE made the list for "Top Ten Cities for Having a Heart Attack." This distinction results from having exceptional service and exceptional survival rates for people with symptoms of a heart attack who call 911. 

One of the keys to a positive outcome from a heart attack is calling 9-1-1 at the first sign of a possible heart attack.  Some heart attacks are sudden and intense -- the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often the people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening.

  • Chest Discomfort
    Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.     
  • Discomfort in Other Areas of the Upper Body 
    Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.     
  • Shortness of Breath 
    This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort. But it can occur before the chest discomfort.     
  • Other Signs
    These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
If you or someone you're with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don't wait. Call 9-1-1 immediately. Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive -- up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. The staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. You'll also get treated faster in the hospital if you come by ambulance. Coronary heart disease is the No. 1 single cause of death in the United States. Knowledge of the warning signs for these events can help you deal with them effectively.
We applaud the efforts of our EMS personnel in Lincoln NE for their outstanding efforts in the system of care.  

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