Don’t be afraid to seek help for chest pain as concerns grow about missed heart attack

Attendances at A&Es across the country are down by roughly 50 per cent, and there are concerns people are not reporting possible heart attack.

A heart attack, sometimes known as a myocardial infarction or MI, is a serious medical emergency in which the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.

A lack of blood to the heart may seriously damage the heart muscle and can be life threatening or at least life changing with a lasting impact.

That’s why it is so important that everyone knows what the symptoms are and knows to get help as quickly as possible if you are suffering from them.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) Paramedic Rob Moore said: “If you or a family member develop symptoms such as chest pain this could be a heart attack and you should call 999 immediately.

“The pain might feel heavy or tight and it might spread to your arms neck or jaw. It could make you feel breathless, sick, sweaty or light-headed.”

“Help us help you and save lives.”

More information about heart attack is available from the NHS.