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When to call 911

Call 911 if you:

  • pass out or faint
  • become extremely short of breath or are unable to talk due to being breathless
  • have severe chest pain that is not helped by nitroglycerin
  • have a continuously rapid, racing heartbeat.



Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Helping Your Heart, fourth edition, cvs-ahc-90648

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 06/01/2007

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts