A heart attack happens when your heart muscle is starved of oxygen-rich blood. This causes damage to your heart muscleA heart attack is life threatening. If you think you or anyone else is having a heart attack, you should phone 999 for an ambulance immediately.
What does a heart attack feel like?
The symptoms of a heart attack vary from one person to another. You may feel tightness, heaviness or pain in your chest. This may spread to your arms, neck, jaw, back or stomach. For some people, the pain or tightness is severe, while other people just feel uncomfortable.
As well as having chest pain or discomfort you may become sweaty, feel light-headed or dizzy, or become short of breath. You may also feel nauseous or vomit.
The first thing to do if you think you’re having a heart attack is to phone 999 immediately for an ambulance. Don’t delay calling 999 because you are uncertain or don’t want to make a fuss. The sooner you get emergency treatment for a heart attack, the greater your chances of survival.
Comprehensive information on heart attacks can be found here on the British Heart Foundation website.