Health & Diet

An Ambulance Is Not a Luxury!

By Wendy Haaf                                 Photo: iStock/Enrico Fianchini.
Despite recommendations that everyone experiencing symptoms of heart attack or stroke should call an ambulance, only half of the 34,000 Canadians admitted to hospital for a heart attack in 2014–15 got there that way, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information. Two-thirds of the more than 75,000 admitted for stroke arrived by ambulance.

Remember: it’s not just a matter of getting to the hospital as quickly as possible—when you’re transported via ambulance, emergency personnel can assess and manage your condition, alert the hospital so the staff is prepared when you arrive, and take you to the facility best equipped to treat you.