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Here's what to do if you think that you or someone you’re with is having a heart attack:

Step 1

Call 9-1-1

Emergency Services will get you to the care you need the fastest! In Scarborough-Durham, the ambulance will take you directly to the regional cardiac centre at Rouge Valley Centenary. You will be fast-tracked to get life-saving treatment right away

Step 2

Try to relax

Stop all physical activity and lie down. Remain calm until the ambulance arrives

Step 3

Take Aspirin®

If the 911 operator advises and you are not allergic, chew and swallow one adult Aspirin—or two baby Aspirin (80 mg tablets). This can help to prevent blood clotting.


Common signs of a heart attack

  • Chest pain
  • Pain going to arms, neck or jaw
  • Nausea, shortness of breath, or cold sweat
  • Other signs: Extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, indigestion, dizziness or lightheadedness