Medical City Las Colinas February 01, 2015

“Don’t Die of Doubt” Campaign communicates trust in 911 assistance

The SouthWest Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) and Medical City Las Colinas (LCMC) have partnered on a community awareness initiative encouraging residents to call 911 at the first sign of a heart attack. Titled “Don’t Die of Doubt,” this campaign communicates that lifesaving treatment begins with a call to 911 and that responders are trained professionals who can provide care immediately and increase the chance of surviving a heart attack.

The multi-media campaign is made possible through the generous support of the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas to the SouthWest Affiliate of AHA to help heart attack patients in Dallas County.

“Reducing time to treatment is vital to surviving a heart attack,” said Jeremy Rountree, LCMC Director of Emergency Services and Cardiac Cath Lab. “This campaign showcases that calling 911 is the right thing to do at the first sign of a heart attack, regardless of the doubt someone may have about taking that action. Everyone needs to know that lifesaving care begins with a call to 911.”

The “Don’t Die of Doubt” Campaign assures that residents should trust 911 because emergency medical services (EMS) staff begins treatment immediately with the 911 dispatcher. Then, the team works to identify and treat a heart attack upon arrival — up to an hour sooner than if someone arrives at the hospital by car.

Additionally, the EMS team communicates directly with the on-call hospital staff so that treatment can continue the moment the ambulance reaches the hospital. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance at the hospital are fast-tracked and rushed to the catheterization laboratory because they have completed initial testing and are ready to receive treatment.

AHA and Medical City Las Colinas encourage area residents to learn the warning signs of a heart attack including chest discomfort, shortness of breath, discomfort in the upper body such as the neck or jaw, a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness and immediately call 911 for medical care.

For more information about the campaign and to learn more about the warning signs of a heart attack, visit www.DontDieofDoubt.com.

About the American Heart Association

The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Communities Foundation of Texas

Communities Foundation of Texas works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant-making initiatives. The foundation professionally manages 900 charitable funds like the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation and has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants since its founding in 1953. Visit http://www.cftexas.org to learn more.

About W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas

In establishing his foundation in 1974 as a part of the Communities Foundation of Texas, William Walter Caruth, Jr.’s philanthropic goals were to support frontier-advancing projects in education, scientific research, medical advancement and public safety. He gave generously during his life to support the causes he believed in, and he left the bulk of his estate to CFT to continue to meet community needs today and well into the future with innovative investments. Learn more at http://www.cftexas.org/ww-caruth-jr.-foundation.