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A Look at the Early Heart Attack Care Oath

During a heart attack, about 80 percent of the damage that occurs to the heart happens within the first two hours of symptoms. Early treatment saves heart tissue and saves lives, but too often, people who need heart care in Miami delay treatment, taking a wait-and-see approach to symptoms. The Early Heart Attack Care Oath is a promise that you will seek care for your heart attack symptoms or be proactive about ensuring someone else receives care when necessary to improve heart attack outcomes. Should you take the oath? Here is what you need to know.

What Is the Early Heart Attack Care Oath?

The Early Heart Attack Care Oath was developed by Dr. Raymond Bahr, the founder of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. The oath recognizes that heart attacks often have beginnings that include weakness, arm and shoulder pain, chest discomfort, and shortness of breath that starts weeks before the heart attack actually strikes. People who take the oath swear that if these symptoms happen to themselves or anyone they know, they will call 911. People who take the oath are said to be deputized.

Where Is the Oath Delivered?

Hospitals who are members of the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care are asked to educate the members of their respective communities about the oath. Every Accredited Chest Pain Center is expected to teach between 500 and 1,000 people each year. The oath can be taken after watching a five-minute online course or after attending a lecture session through the hospital.

Why Is the Oath Important?

The oath is matters to heart care for many reasons. It serves as a reminder to individuals to take their heart health seriously and to react quickly when faced with heart attack symptoms. It is also a call to action to bystanders in heart attack emergencies. Sometimes it is a bystander, rather than the heart attack victim, who is in the best position to arrange for emergency care.

At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, our Center for Cardiac and Vascular Medicine is a proud participant in this program. Learn more about taking the oath and our other services, including the ER and surgical services, by calling (786) 347-1316.