Winter 2009
Why You Should Always Call an Ambulance
Possible Heart Attack?
Why You Should Always Call an Ambulance

If you suspect that you or a loved one is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately. Never drive yourself—or anyone else—to the hospital. The 9-1-1 operator will send an emergency medical services (EMS) team to your location to begin diagnosis and treatment. The team may include:

  • Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) who can provide preliminary care during respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies and
  • Paramedics who are specially trained and licensed to provide the next level of care by delivering medications orally or by starting an intravenous drip (IV), beginning ECG monitoring to locate artery blockages and shocking the heart back into rhythm.

“Paramedics do some of the same things that will be continued in the Emergency Department. Calling 9-1-1 is like getting a jump-start on diagnosis and treatment,” says John Pelazza, EMS Coordinator at Bridgeport Hospital. “Best of all, a paramedic is in constant communication with the Bridgeport Hospital Emergency Department, reporting test results and symptoms so the medical teams at the hospital will be prepared when the ambulance arrives.” Other advantages to calling an ambulance (rather than driving yourself or a loved one) include:

  • Faster arrival at the hospital. An experienced EMS team will know the best route, as well as alternate routes in case of road closures or traffic.
  • Decreased risk of automobile accidents that could occur if symptoms worsen while you’re driving yourself or a loved one to the hospital.
  • Availability of specialized equipment and medicines in the ambulance.
  • Immediate care by trained professionals who can respond to sudden changes in your condition.
Project Heart Smart

Tuesdays, March 24–May 12, 2009
5:00-8:00 p.m.

Do you want to reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke?

Do you want to eat better and jump-start an exercise plan?

Each weekly group session includes exercise, stress reduction techniques and a gourmet, heart-smart dinner.

Just $250 for the first person and $200 for the second person in the same party (spouse, friend or relative).

Project Heart Smart classes are held at Bridgeport Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Programs, Brick Walk Professional Building, 1305 Post Road, Fairfield.

For more information or to register, please call toll free, 24/7, at 1-888-357-2396.

Research has linked good oral health with a decreased risk for heart disease. Did you know that bacteria in your mouth can travel through the body? This bacteria can cause plaque to accumulate in the arteries where it can harden and block blood flow to the heart.

Along with regular flossing, the first step in having a healthy mouth is to brush your teeth at least twice a day. This FREE handy toothpaste squeezer will help you easily get the last drop from the tube!

Join us in caring for your heart by using this FREE toothpaste squeezer! Call us toll free, 24/7, at 1-888-357-2396. While supplies last.