When to call 911 or go to a hospital emergency department

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 rapid, racing heartbeat that doesn't slow down

Managing your heart failure - at a glance

Use this quick reference guide to know when to call your health care provider and when to call 911.

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Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Heart Failure, fifth edition, 1-931876-31-2
First Published: 10/04/2002
Last Reviewed: 12/10/2015