Heart and circulatory disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK and is the largest cause of premature mortality in deprived areas. Heart attack symptoms and signs can vary from person to person. The most common symptoms are squeezing across the chest of a feeling of unease. But symptoms don’t always feel severe – lesser-known symptoms include a feeling of pressure or heaviness across your chest, shortness of breath, feeling or being sick and back or jaw pain without any chest pain.
That’s why the NHS is encouraging people to recognise the potential signs of a heart attack, so if you or somebody you’re with experience any symptoms, you can access help as quickly as possible.
Despite heart attacks more frequently affecting men, around 30,000 women are admitted to hospital following a heart attack each year in the UK. Women’s risk of a heart attack increases after the menopause, so it’s really important to take these symptoms seriously.
It’s never too early to call 999 and describe your symptoms. If you think you or somebody you’re with is having a heart attack, don’t be tempted to wait to see what happens. The faster you seek medical assistance, the better your chances.
It’s never too early to call 999 and describe your symptoms.
Visit nhs.uk/heartattack for more information.
Non-urgent advice: Common Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
Chest Pain – This may be a feeling of pressure, heaviness, tightness or squeezing across your chest.
The pain may spread from your chest to your arms, jaw, neck, back and tummy.
You may also feel: Light headed or dizzy, uneasy, sick, sweaty or short of breath.
If you think you or someone else may be having a heart attack DONT DELAY, Call 999 immediately.