Heart Attack

A heart attack happens when blood stops flowing to part of your heart muscle

What is a heart attack?

Blood flow to your heart muscle can sometimes get blocked by a blood clot in one of your coronary arteries. This deprives the heart muscle of blood and oxygen, causing injury to the heart muscle. 

Symptoms of a heart attack

  • Chest discomfort - this could feel like squeezing, pressure, heaviness or burning, and last 10 minutes or longer. It may spread to the jaw, back or shoulders.

You may also experience:

  • Nausea 
  • Sweating
  • Shortness of breath 

My heart attack action plan


Living well after a heart attack - HeartHelp First Steps 

Our website HeartHelp First Steps has stories from people who have had a heart attack and information about what to expect both in the immediate future and in the long term.

How the heart works

Common heart pills

Will I have another heart attack?

Reducing my risk

Check out our HeartHelp First Steps website about a heart attack

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