Learn the warning signs today and survive tomorrow
Did you know a heart attack occurs every 10 minutes in Australia?
More than 55,000 Australians had a heart attack last year – tragically almost 10,000 also died. Over 50% of heart attack deaths occur before the person reaches hospital and almost 25% of people who die from a heart attack die within one hour of their first warning sign.
Heart attacks are more common than you realise – we want every Australian to learn the warning signs of heart attack and call Triple Zero (000) if they or someone else is experiencing any symptoms.
Warning signs vary from person to person and they may not always be sudden or severe. Although chest pain or discomfort is the most common symptom, some people will not experience chest pain at all. Symptoms may include pain, pressure, heaviness or tightness in one or more parts of the upper body including chest, neck, jaw, arm(s), shoulder(s) or back in combination with other symptoms such as nausea, shortness of breath, dizziness or a cold sweat.
Health professionals, community leaders, sporting groups and individuals can all make a difference by learning the warning signs of heart attack and sharing this lifesaving information with patients, colleagues, family members and friends.
Knowing the warning signs of heart attack and acting quickly by calling Triple Zero (000) can reduce damage to your heart and increase your chance of survival.
It could save your life, or the life of someone you love.
If you experience the warning signs of heart attack for 10 minutes, or if they are severe or get progressively worse, call Triple Zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance.
Learn the warning signs today and survive tomorrow – get your FREE action plan (available in ten languages) at www.heartattackfacts.org.au