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EMR/EHR - Electronic medical/health record - Generally, those medical/health care records held by a physician, facility, or health care organization on a computer.

DURABLE POWER OF ATTORNEY - A written, legal document designation another person to make legal and financial decisions on one’s behalf.

HEALTH CARE POWER OF ATTORNEY - A written, legal document assigning another person as your health care agent/surrogate to make decisions regarding your health care matters if you are no longer able to speak on your own behalf.

(Taken from Caregiver Assistance News)

Don’t wait when it’s your heart

If you feel you may be experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, don’t wait; get to the hospital immediately. Professional guidelines recommend that patients call 911 immediately if symptoms suggestive of a heart attack do not improve within five minutes.

A recent study published by the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that response times to heart attack symptoms has not improved in decades.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense (the classic movie heart attack), but most heart attacks start slowly and people may not be sure what’s happening.

Watch for these warning signs:

  • Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve pain in the center of the chest that may go away and come back.

  • Discomfort in the upper body: Symptoms might include pain in one or both arms, the back, neck jaw or stomach.

  • Shortness of breath.

  • Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

Calling 911 is the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. They can begin immediately upon arrival - up to an hour quicker than those who arrive at the hospital by car.

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