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Would you be able to recognise if a member of your family, a friend or a passer-by was showing the signs and symptoms of having a heart attack and know what action to take?

Symptoms can include:

  • Chest pain-tightness (like being pressed or squeezed by something heavy); the pain may move from the chest to the jaw, neck, arms and back.
  • Shortness of breath, sweating, light headedness


When you have called 999, our call-takers will give you advice on what to do while the ambulance is on its way.

Watch the video below to find out more.

What can cause a heart attack?

Coronary heart disease is a leading cause of heart attacks; it is a condition where the major blood vessels that supply the blood to the heart get clogged up with plaques.

Before a heart attack one of the plaques bursts causing a blood clot to develop; the clot then blocks the supply of blood running through the artery triggering an attack.

Listed below are some risks that could increase CHD (coronary heart disease):


  • Smoking
  • A high fat diet
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Being overweight or obese