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Prevention

A heart attack is a serious condition where the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked. It needs to be treated as quickly as possible.

Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and sweating. Call 999 if you think someone is having a heart attack.

A heart attack needs to be treated in hospital as quickly as possible. Medicine or surgery may be needed to restore the supply of blood to your heart.

The main cause of a heart attack is the blood vessels leading to the heart becoming blocked.

You can help reduce your risk of having a heart attack by eating a healthy diet, doing regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

Read more on the NHS website.

Symptoms of a heart attack include chest pain, shortness of breath, dizziness and sweating. Call 999 if you think someone is having a heart attack.

Symptoms of a heart attack

Symptoms of a heart attack can include:

It's important to know that not everyone experiences severe chest pain. This is particularly the case with many women. The pain can often be mild and mistaken for indigestion.

It's the combination of symptoms that's important in determining whether a person is having a heart attack and not the severity of chest pain.

Read more on the NHS website.

A heart attack needs to be treated in hospital as quickly as possible. Medicine or surgery may be needed to restore the supply of blood to your heart.

Medical treatments

While waiting for an ambulance, it may help to chew and then swallow a tablet of aspirin (ideally 300mg), as long as the person having a heart attack is not allergic to aspirin.

Aspirin helps to thin the blood and improves blood flow to the heart.

In hospital, treatment for a heart attack depends on how serious it is.

The 2 main treatments are:

  • using medicines to dissolve blood clots
  • surgery to help restore blood to the heart

Read more on the NHS website.

You can help reduce your risk of having a heart attack by eating a healthy diet, doing regular exercise and maintaining a healthy weight.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main cause of a heart attack is the blood vessels leading to the heart becoming blocked.

Read more on the NHS website.