The NHS is encouraging everybody to recognise the potential signs of a heart attack, so if you or somebody you’re with experiences any symptoms, you know how to access help as quickly as possible.
New research reveals that just 41% of those surveyed knew sweating was a sign of a heart attack, and only 27% of people knew feeling weak, lightheaded or a having a feeling of general unease were also symptoms.
In addition, 75% of those surveyed thought a heart attack could be referred to as a cardiac arrest, and 46% did not recognise squeezing across the chest as a symptom of a heart attacks.
It can be easy to dismiss the early signs of a heart attack but it’s never too early to call 999 and describe your symptoms.
If you are a BSL user, deaf, have hearing loss or a speech impairment you can text 999 but you need to register your phone in advance. Find out more at emergencysms.net
Find out more about the signs of a heart attack at nhs.uk/heartattack