What Do I Do if I See Someone Having a Heart Attack?

Fire Department paramedics, 2000 by Seattle Municipal Department

Call 9-1-1 in the US/Canada or 1-1-2 in the UK

Try not to panic and call the emergency team

If you witness a medical emergency, such as a heart attack, immediately call 911 if in US/Canada, or 112 if in the UK. The team will come and help you deal with the problem do not try doing anything yourself unless told to.

Heart damage

If not treated within a specific time frame, the person can suffer from further heart damage that may be fatal. Some patients with heart attacks die before they reach the hospital so the number one rule is don’t panic and call right away!