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Paramedics practice procedure in heart attack simulation

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Emergency responders rushed to Sioux City's Center for Active Generations this morning, but it wasn't an emergency.

It was a drill, preparation in case someone has a heart attack.

St. Luke's Regional Medical Center teamed up with Siouxland Paramedics to show us what to do when someone has a heart attack.

The main message, call 911 immediately and don't drive yourself to the hospital.

"If a person is having chest pain and are having a heart attack, there is a small percentage that may go into cardiac arrest. To be driving in a car and having cardiac arrest, could be no resuscitation that would happen," said John Jorgensen, training officer.

More than a million Americans have a heart attack every year, about half of those are deadly.

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