American Heart Association and Walnut Hill Medical Center Partner on Heart Attack Survival Campaign to Encourage Calling 911

Wednesday, March 18, 2015


 “Don’t Die of Doubt” Campaign communicates trust in 911 assistance

DALLAS (March 18, 2015) –The SouthWest Affiliate of the American Heart Association (AHA) and Walnut Hill Medical Center 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 Dallas County.

“In surviving a heart attack, reducing as much time to treatment as possible is crucial,” said Dr. Nick Karr, ER Medical Director at Walnut Hill Medical Center. “At the first sign of a heart attack, calling 911 is the first course of action, regardless of the doubt someone may have in making that call. This campaign showcases that lifesaving care starts with a call to 911 and that is something that everyone needs to know.”

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 Walnut Hill Medical Center 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.

Walnut Hill Medical Center is offering a free health fair for the community on Saturday, May 23, 9 a.m. – noon. Families are invited to visit the new hospital, which opened in April 2014, and receive free health screenings, hospital tours and refreshments. This event will also include a presentation about the hospital from Rich Guerra, M.D., the opportunity to review your screening results with physicians, visit with EMS personnel and the chance to win door prizes.

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

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.orgor 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 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

About Walnut Hill Medical Center: Walnut Hill Medical Center is a 100-bed, acute-care hospital for adults who seek uncompromising patient care from renowned physicians and a compassionate staff. Located in the heart of Dallas, we are the hospital that pledges to create superior outcomes and an unsurpassed patient experience as well as an enriching environment for team members. For more information about Walnut Hill Medical Center, go to Connect with us through Facebook and LinkedIn.

For questions or inquiries about this press release please contact:

Natalie Weeks, 972.863.6004