According to a recent study, almost half of heart attack patients get in the car and drive themselves to the emergency room. This is a bad decision for two reasons:

 

  1. The key to surviving a heart attack is to get fast treatment. Clot busting drugs and other emergency treatments can stop a heart attack as it is occurring and prevent permanent damage to the heart muscle. A patient who drives himself to the emergency room may delay life-saving medical care.

  2. Drivers who are suffering from a heart attack or other serious illness are at a high risk for causing an Atlanta car crash. Not only is it hard to concentrate on driving while worrying about potentially serious symptoms, there is also a high risk of passing out at the wheel.

 

The best way to get to the hospital after a heart attack is to take an ambulance. Not only is this the safer option for everyone on the road, but taking the ambulance means that the patient will be seen immediately.

 

Know the following symptoms of heart attacks. If you have any of these symptoms, call an ambulance right away - don't drive.

  • Chest discomfort, pressure, or pain

  • Pain the shoulders, arms, backs, teeth or jaw

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Indigestion that doesn't go away

  • Sweating

  • Shortness of breath

  • Dizziness

  • Fainting

  • Flu-like symptoms

 

If you are injured in an Atlanta car wreck caused by a driver suffering from medical problems, you may be eligible for insurance compensation. An Atlanta auto accident attorney can explain. Contact the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999.

Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia
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