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    Recognizing a Heart Attack 101

    Step-by-step guide to recognizing a heart attack. Taking five minutes to read this could save your life

    The important thing to note is that the warning signs of a heart attack will vary from person to person. In some cases, the signs may not always be sudden, while in others they could develop over minutes and become progressively worse. You could also have just one or a combination of symptoms which should last for at least 10 minutes. No two heart attacks are the same. Even if you have had a heart attack before, your symptoms may be totally different the second time around. By understanding and familiarizing yourself with the warning signs of a heart attack, you could save your life and reduce the damage to your heart muscle.

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    When to call us

    Calls that do not qualify as medical emergencies place a tremendous strain on our time and resources and the consequences could be dire.

    Should we call Hatzolah?

    If you’re calling Hatzolah for help on Shabbat or a Yom Tov, it should only be for a life-threatening medical emergency. Of course, if you are in doubt, call.

    When a call is made to Hatzolah on Shabbat or Yom tov

    Experienced dispatchers have been trained to decide, based on the information given by the caller, if the call needs to be dispatched.

    When Hatzolah responds on Shabbat or Yom tov

    The Hatzolah team will respond to the location, and the patient will be treated and transported to hospital, as on any other day. Anything necessary to save and preserve life will be done, without compromise. After the call, when the emergency is over, the ambulance will be cleaned and the responders will return to their base in accordance with appropriate halachic guidelines.

    Situations that are not immediately life threatening

    If a life is not in imminent danger, rather wait until after Shabbat before calling Hatzolah. However, if there is any doubt, no matter how slight, make the call.

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