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When should I call 911?

You should call 911 for certain medical emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke.

It's better to be safe than sorry. If you are in doubt, call 911. Do not drive if you are having severe chest pain or severe bleeding, if you feel like you might faint or if your vision is impaired. For certain medical emergencies taking an ambulance is safer because paramedics can deliver life-saving care on the way to the hospital.

You should call 911 and get an ambulance if you:

  • need care right away
  • have severe bleeding
  • have severe chest pain
  • may faint
  • have impaired vision
  • have difficulty breathing
  • have injured your neck or spinal cord

Trinity Health is a Catholic health care organization that acts in accordance with the Catholic tradition and does not condone or support all practices covered in this site. In case of emergency call 911. This site is educational and not a substitute for professional medical advice, always seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider.

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