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Having a heart attack? Survive, Dont Drive

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BATON ROUGE - Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center has a tip that could save your life in the event on a heart attack: Don't get behind the wheel.

OLOL kicked off its "Survive, Don't Drive" campaign to inform you of the dangers of getting behind the wheel if you're having a heart attack. Even if you have someone who can drive you, it's always best to dial 911.

Dr. Bryan Hathorn is the director of The Chest Pain Center at Our Lady of the Lake Heart & Vascular Institute. He says EMS can give you treatment that could save your life.

"We've had patients that have actually gotten in automobile accidents," Dr. Hathorn explained. "If you drive yourself, you put everyone at risk, including yourself, and if your family member drives you, you're not getting the therapies that you need."

Radio talk show host Bill Profita knows the danger first hand. He suffered a heart attack earlier this year and says he wouldn't be alive if he hadn't called 911.

"I don't know why I did it, but I was having some severe chest pain, and I told Karen, call 911," said Profita. "If I would have had her drive me, I know I wouldn't be here."

It's important to know the warning signs of heart attack because every minute counts. Dr. Hathorn says anything from your nose down to your belly button could be a heart-related. Woman can also feel shoulder or back pain.

Watch the video to learn more about Our Lady of the Lake's Survive, Don't Drive campaign and to hear Bill Profita's personal testimony.


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