Heart attack warning signs quiz

Would you recognise a heart attack? Test your knowledge of the warning signs and what to do if you think you or someone else is having a heart attack.

Too many New Zealanders die or live with permanent disability because of lack of awareness of heart attack warning signs and delays in seeking medical help.

A heart attack is a life-threatening condition that can cause permanent damage to your heart muscle. Within minutes after blood flow to part of the heart is blocked, this part of the heart muscle begins to die. However, it is possible to limit the damage after a heart attack. The earlier the blocked artery can be opened and the blood flow restored to the heart muscle, the more likely the heart muscle can be saved and the chances of survival improved.

Take the heart attack warning signs quiz to check if you could recognise and act on warning signs of a heart attack.

A heart attack is a medical emergency. If you think you are having a heart attack, call 111 and ask for an ambulance.

False. Symptoms of a heart attack may start off as mild discomfort in the chest. You may not experience any chest pain at all but have other symptoms such as neck pain, jaw or stomach discomfort.

True. Warning signs could start slowly and will last 10 minutes and longer but if the symptoms are severe or getting worse don’t wait for 10 minutes. Call 111 and ask for an ambulance.

True. Heart attack symptoms vary between people but you may experience dizziness, nausea and shortness of breath while experiencing some or no other symptoms of a heart attack.

True. While women may experience some of the same symptoms as men during a heart attack they may develop an indigestion type pain.

False. Too many New Zealanders die or live with permanent disability through delays in seeking treatment for heart attack symptoms. A heart attack is an emergency, so if you think you are having a heart attack call 111 and tell the operator.