The best way to avoid a heart attack is to exercise regularly and eat the right food.
The best way to avoid a heart attack is to exercise regularly and eat the right food.

Cardiac awareness saves lives

CARDIAC awareness is being promoted on the Coffs Coast during Heart Week, which runs until Saturday.

During 2007-2008, paramedics in NSW responded to more than 71,000 calls to cardiac-related problems.

This equates to around 195 patients a day with an average age of 66 needing heart treatment.

If you experience any of the following signs you should immediately call 000 and ask for ambulance:

  • tightness, heaviness or pain in your chest;
  • short of breath, cold and sweaty, light-headed, feel like vomiting;
  • pain in your neck, chest, jaw, back or shoulders; and
  • skin colour can be ashen-grey.

Remember, you may not experience pain with these symptoms.

“Every patient will present with slightly different signs and symptoms so it is important that people recognise the classic symptoms and call for an ambulance straight away,” said Ambulance NSW spokesman Allan Loudfoot.

“If people think they are having a heart attack, I urge that they call 000. Treatment will start the moment they call and if it turns out to be a false alarm then that’s the best thing that could happen.

“Our paramedics would much rather attend a false alarm than arrive too late to save a life.”

The Ambulance Service offers a free program to educate the over 55s how to recognise and deal with a medical emergency effectively.

This program is free to all community clubs in NSW and only takes an hour to complete.

To get your community group involved and receive a free kit, email your name and community group details to community@ambulance.nsw.gov.au or phone 9320 7795.



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