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
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
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.