Emergency signs: When to call 9-1-1

Don't hesitate. Call 9-1-1

Act fast if someone has signs of heart attack, stroke or cardiac arrest, even during the coronavirus disease outbreak. Hospitals are prepared. Don’t let COVID-19 destroy more lives.

Signs of a heart attack

Signs can vary and may be different for men and women. If you experience any of these signs, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.

Learn more

Signs of stroke

Stroke is a medical emergency.
If you experience any of these signs, call 9-1-1. Do not drive to the hospital. An ambulance will get you to the best hospital for stroke care.

FAST signs of stroke

Signs of cardiac arrest

If the heart stops for any reason, blood is no longer getting to the brain, heart and vital organs. Death can occur within minutes.

  1. Sudden collapse

  2. Unresponsive to touch and sound

  3. Not breathing or is making gasping sounds