Heart Attack

A heart attack is a medical emergency. It happens when the blood supply to the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot. A heart attack is sudden and can be fatal. It is crucial to seek medical attention immediately. 

As we get older, our artery walls can become damaged and narrow due to the build-up of fatty material called plaque. This plaque can result in clots forming, blocking the path of blood to the heart. In cases where the artery is blocked completely a heart attack will occur. 

Time is Muscle

The faster someone having a heart attack receives treatment, the less damage there will be to the heart muscle, which deteriorates the longer the blood flow is interrupted. 

It is important to know the warning signs​ of a heart attack and to act fast.  

Dial 999 immediately if you suspect a heart attack. The call handler will send help straight away and then take you through a series of questions to determine whether it is possible that it is a heart attack so the individual can be provided the fastest and most efficient care. 

Give the individual aspirin while you are waiting for the ambulance if you have it and know they are not allergic to it. Aspirin thins the blood and helps reduce the impact of the blood clot.