The information below is no replacement for attending a first aid course where you will have the opportunity to practice your skills under the guidance of one of our qualified and experienced first aid instructors.
A heart attack occurs when the coronary arteries which supply the heart with oxygen enriched blood become blocked.
Tightness and/or pain in the chest
Casualty clutching the chest
Possible spreading of pain to the arms, neck and back
Dizziness or a light headed feeling
Possible shortness of breath
May feel nauseous or be sick
May have cold sweats
Call 999 immediately
Sit the casualty down with the legs drawn up to a position which is comfortable
Loosen any restrictive clothing
Keep the casualty warm and comfortable
Monitor the casualty's airway and breathing
If the casualty becomes unresponsive then carry out basic life support