9-1-1: Time is Muscle

Call 9-1-1. First and Fast Preserves Heart Muscle

Howard County First Responders from the 1970’s


When a heart attack strikes, swift action can save a life. Physicians like to say “Time is muscle” – meaning- the faster you call and the faster you get treatment-  the better your chances of preserving heart function.

If you suspect that you or someone you know is having a heart attack, don’t hesitate, call 9-1-1 immediately! Every minute counts. Howard County’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) first responders and Howard County General Hospital’s cardiac team are standing by when time and immediate treatment are of the essence.


County Residents Benefit from Their own Gift of Lifesaving Technology

At Howard County General Hospital, saving lives is a collaborative effort with our Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HSDFRS). Thanks to the generous donations from many members of our community, Howard County EMS staff can diagnose and begin treatment in the field and while en route to the hospital.  Our HCDFRS uses special equipment that allows EMS staff to transmit data to hospital specialists, activating an emergency response and mobilizing a team of cardiac specialists at HCGH. The team is ready to treat you upon arrival and can perform needed procedures quickly, thus reducing the chances of permanent damage to heart muscle.

George Groman, M.D., a Howard County cardiologist who worked with Johns Hopkins cardiologist Peter Johnston, M.D., to build this lifesaving program at the hospital, and his colleagues Michael Silverman, M.D., and Jerome Hantman, M.D., explain the importance of this effort on this video:


Teaching the Community to Save Lives

Are you interested in learning more about CPR or how to use an AED?  HCGH’s Wellness Center staff have been teaching cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to hospital employees for 29 years and to the community for 24 years. During that time, we have trained thousands of hospital and emergency management personnel, about 600 employees and 500 members of the community each year!  Register for a CPR class today and be prepared for tomorrow!


Johns Hopkins: Rich CPR  History

Johns Hopkins also has a rich history related to CPR, having discovered that CPR could extend someone’s life long enough to get them to a medical professional. To learn more about the history of CPR and how a dog led to the discovery of the effectiveness of chest compressions, watch this video: