When to Call 911

If something serious occurs, it is important that you call 911. Reasons you would want to call 911 are:

  • Bleeding that doesn’t stop after 10 minutes of holding pressure on the site
  • Severe shortness of breath
  • Severe sweating
  • Difficulty walking
  • Weakness on one side of your body
  • Slurred speech
  • Severe headache
  • Vision changes
  • If your chest pain happens more often, is stronger, lasts longer, or does not go away after taking nitroglycerin (if prescribed)

It is important that you wait for an ambulance to take you to the emergency room,. Do not drive yourself or have someone else drive you. It will not be quicker or safer.

When you arrive, you should have your list of medications, a list of all your doctors, including their specialty and phone numbers, and information about your stent.