Dr. Mark Says:
Even if you are very close to a hospital, it is always better to cal 9-1-1 for a person with heart attack symptoms. That’s because ambulances are equipped to notify the hospital to prepare for an incoming heart patient. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) are also trained to start treatment and send the heart patient’s vital signs to the Emergency team waiting at the hospital.
A heart attack patient should never drive him- or herself, of course, but driving is also dangerous for a neighbor or family member under the stress of a medical emergency. It’s best to leave it up to the professionals.