Help Us Help You – Heart Attack

This February, NHS England and NHS Improvement is raising awareness of heart attack symptoms as part of the latest ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign.

This February, NHS England and NHS Improvement is raising awareness of heart attack symptoms as part of the latest ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign.

The NHS is encouraging everybody to recognise the potential signs of a heart attack, so if you or somebody you’re with experiences any symptoms, you know how to access help as quickly as possible.

The early signs of a heart attack can vary, the most common include squeezing across the chest and a feeling of unease.

It can be easy to dismiss early symptoms as they don’t always feel severe, but it is never too early to dial 999 and describe your symptoms.

The faster you act, the better the chance of a full recovery

It’s never too early to call 999

Further Information

  • Heart and circulatory disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK and is the largest cause of premature mortality in deprived areas.
  • Between April 2019 and March 2020 over 86,500 people had a heart attack (and were admitted to hospital) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
  • In the 1960s more than 7 out of 10 heart attacks in the UK were fatal. Today at least 7 out of 10 people survive.
  • An estimated 1.1 million people alive in England today have survived a heart attack.