"MAKE THE CALL DON'T MISS A BEAT" IS THE FIRST MAJOR HEALTH CAMPAIGN TARGETED TO WOMEN URGING THEM TO LEARN ABOUT THE SYMPTOMS OF HEART ATTACK AND TO CALL 911!
(and to not just sit there like an idiot and not call and bother anybody in case it turns out it's not a heart attack)
How true is it that in an emergency you wouldn't hesitate to call 911 for someone else but you totally hesitate to call if it's for you?
Anita Manning of USA TODAY, wrote this week about the new ads you are about to see that focus on heart attacks which urge women not to hesitate to call 911.
Seems the decade long effort to raise awareness of women's heart disease risk has been successful, according to Suzanne Haynes of The Office Of Women's Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. BUT, the results of a survey by the America Heart Association last year caught health officials by surprise.
That study outcome showed a HUGE decline in the percentage fo women who would call 911.
Seems only half of women having a heart attack will make the call to 911 to save their own lives BECAUSE women aren't sure if they are in fact having a heart attack. Many women have just opted to take a aspirin, call the Dr, or 'wait it out'! Some excuses for not calling even included, "I don't want the EMT's to see my messy house and "I want to put my makeup on".
Women typically wait for the symptoms of a heart attack to go away, hoping they will be wrong! according to Lori Mosca, director of Preventive Cardiology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the expert panel working with HHS now to develop the current ad campaign of which I I will be a supporter.
I am one of the idiots who did not call 911 when I should have one time when I did not want to make a scene.
Two years ago this month I was home alone and 'something' was happening. I felt horrible chest pressure, shortness of breath, and a whole host of symptoms that I'd have called an ambulance for someone else for in a heartbeat. I kept trying to 'work through it ' while more worried about making a scene if it turned out I called an ambulance for no reason. Besides who wants to sit in an emergency room all day for a false alarm?
Turns out for me it was not a heart attack but, it was a life-threatening allergic reaction to a medication I was taking for a urinary tract infection I did not even have. I did not call 911 and instead took myself for five days straight to an urgent care center who kept misdiagnosing me and sending me home. On the fifth day I finally took myself to an emergency room where I found out how lucky I actually was to still be around.
So"Make The Call, Don't Miss A Beat". YOU are worth bothering other people for.