Help your patients learn the warning signs of heart attack
The Heart Foundation has developed a range of free resources to help you and your patients with coronary heart disease.
These materials, along with education and counselling, should be provided to patients before discharge from hospital following any coronary event, during cardiac rehabilitation or when they have a short-acting nitrate medicine prescribed:
- Action plan (available as a fridge magnet and wallet card) and fact sheet: Lists the warning signs and outlines a concise plan of action. If your patient has been prescribed nitrate medicine (GTN spray or anginine tablet), the action plan will explain how and when to use it.
- Healthcare professional fact sheet: this fact sheet contains information to help you educate your patients on the warning signs and what to do.
- Checklist: use this checklist to help guide your conversation with your patient when you provide them an action plan and fact sheet.
- Warning Signs DVD: order a copy of our DVD and show it in your waiting room or pharmacy.
- Promotional poster: use the poster in your waiting room or pharmacy to help raise awareness.
- Heart Attack Facts website: general information is also available at www.heartattackfacts.org.au
If possible, we recommend you include the patient’s immediate family when discussing the warning signs of heart attack and what to do, especially as the patient may need help to act quickly.
New: Heart attack resource available for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
The Heart Foundation has developed a Warning Signs of Heart Attack action plan fridge magnet for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, to help them recognise the warning signs and know what to do in an emergency.
You can help to reduce patient delay in calling Triple Zero (000). Give your Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients the action plan fridge magnet, to help educate them about the warning signs of heart attack.
Two versions of the magnet are available. For people living in urban and regional areas, the action plan directs people to call Triple Zero (000). For people living in remote areas, calling Triple Zero (000) is not always possible or the most appropriate action. In these instances the action plan also encourages people to go to their local hospital or clinic.
Order your free fridge magnets today by:
- using this order form
- calling the Heart Foundation’s Health Information Service on 1300 36 27 87 (open during business hours across Australia for the cost of a local call).