Heart Attack

Heart attack treatment has changed over the last few years.

Each ambulance carries a 'Heart Start' machine and all ambulances now carry paramedic personnel able to start treatment. Hospitals use drugs that can help unblock the coronary arteries involved.

In both cases treatment needs to be started as soon as possible.

The major delay is caused by the patient who is reluctant to 'cause a fuss'.

The doctors and the ambulance service are very willing to attend someone WITH SUDDEN, CRUSHING, VICE-LIKE PAIN IN THE CENTRE OF THE CHEST (sometimes described as severe indigestion) WHICH MAY SPREAD TO THE ARMS, THROAT, JAW, ABDOMEN OR BACK, AND WHICH DOES NOT SUBSIDE WITH TEN MINUTES REST.

There is usually also dizziness, sweating, breathlessness, poor skin colour or vomiting.

Call for help at once and Dial 999.