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American Heart Association and Texas Health Huguley Partner on Heart Attack Survival Campaign

The Southwest Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) and Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South have partnered on a community awareness initiative encouraging residents to call 911 at the first sign of a heart attack. Titled “Don’t Die of Doubt,” this campaign communicates that lifesaving treatment begins with a call to 911 and that responders are trained professionals who can provide care immediately and increase the chance of surviving a heart attack.

The multi-media campaign is made possible through the generous support of the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas to the Southwest Affiliate of AHA to help heart attack patients in North Texas.

“Reducing time to treatment is vital to surviving a heart attack,” said Barbara Willis, RN, administrative director of cardiovascular services at Texas Health Huguley. “This campaign showcases that calling 911 is the right thing to do at the first sign of a heart attack, regardless of the doubt someone may have about taking that action. Everyone needs to know that lifesaving care begins with a call to 911.”

The “Don’t Die of Doubt” Campaign assures that residents should trust 911 because emergency medical services (EMS) staff begins treatment immediately with the 911 dispatcher. Then, the team works to identify and treat a heart attack upon arrival — up to an hour sooner than if someone arrives at the hospital by car.

Additionally, the EMS team communicates directly with the on-call hospital staff so that treatment can continue the moment the ambulance reaches the hospital. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance at the hospital are fast-tracked and rushed to the catheterization laboratory because they have completed initial testing and are ready to receive treatment.

AHA and Texas Health Huguley encourage area residents to learn the warning signs of a heart attack including chest discomfort, shortness of breath, discomfort in the upper body such as the neck or jaw, a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness and immediately call 911 for medical care.

In 2013, Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South achieved full accreditation with PCI, from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC) for complying with the highest quality-of-care standards for acute cardiac medicine.  Texas Health Huguley Hospital is one of the few area hospitals to achieve this level (Cycle 4) of accreditation.

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, Texas Health Huguley Hospital has achieved a higher level of expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.  The hospital uses a protocol-driven and systematic approach to patient management that provides a more efficient and effective evaluation as well as more appropriate and rapid treatment of patients with chest pain and other heart attack symptoms.

For more information about the campaign and to learn more about the warning signs of a heart attack, visit www.DontDieofDoubt.com.

About Texas Health Huguley Hospital Fort Worth South
Operated as a joint venture between Texas Health Resources and Adventist Health System, Texas Health Huguley believes that total health is achieved through a balance of physical, mental, social and spiritual well-being. Texas Health Huguley includes a 223-bed acute care hospital, a medical intensive care unit and a cardiovascular critical care unit, an accredited bone and joint center, an accredited chest pain center, behavioral health center, women’s services, an award-winning emergency department and a fitness center. More than 350 primary care and specialty physicians on the medical staff provide a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services. For more information, call 817-293-9110, visit www.TexasHealthHuguley.org or find Texas Health Huguley on facebook.

About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – America’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit www.heart.org or call any of our offices around the country.  Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Communities Foundation of Texas
Communities Foundation of Texas works with families, companies and nonprofits to strengthen our community through a variety of charitable funds and strategic grant-making initiatives. The foundation professionally manages 900 charitable funds like the W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation and has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants since its founding in 1953.   Visit http://www.cftexas.org to learn more.

About W. W. Caruth, Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas
In establishing his foundation in 1974 as a part of the Communities Foundation of Texas, William Walter Caruth, Jr.’s philanthropic goals were to support frontier-advancing projects in education, scientific research, medical advancement and public safety. He gave generously during his life to support the causes he believed in, and he left the bulk of his estate to CFT to continue to meet community needs today and well into the future with innovative investments. Learn more at http://www.cftexas.org/ww-caruth-jr.-foundation.