Dial Don't Drive

Did you know that 1.2 million Americans will suffer a cardiac emergency this year?  About one-third of these patients will die before they reach the hospital because of a delay in receiving medical treatment.

Dial Don't Drive is a partnership between Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center and the American Heart Association designed to educate the community on the importance of calling 911 when warning signs of a heart attack or stroke occur. 

...Time is Muscle...

Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies - every second counts. If you see or have any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1.

Warning Signs of Heart Attack

  • Chest Discomfort
  • Discomfort in upper body (arms, neck, back, jaw, or stomach)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold Sweat
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

Warning Signs of Stroke

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

Today, heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments such as clot-busting drugs and automated external defibrillators (AED) which can be administered by emergency medical services (EMS) staff- up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. 

If you have heart attack or stroke symptoms, don't delay - call 911 right away!