Heart disease is a major cause of death in Wales, heart attacks are responsible for causing most of these deaths. A heart attack, also known as myocardial infarction (MI), is when part of the heart muscle dies because it has been starved of oxygen. Quickly relieving the symptoms of a heart attack using a ‘clot busting drug’ has been proven to significantly reduce the number of people who die from a heart attack. The National Service Framework in Wales sets the standard that people suffering from heart attack should receive thrombolytic therapy (the clot busting drug) within 60 minutes of calling for professional help. The Welsh Ambulance Service want to educate and empower people across Wales about heart disease and how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a heart attack. It is vital for the public to recognise these signs in order for us to have the best possible chance to reach the patient and deliver the vital clot busting drug within 60 minutes. The sooner the treatment is received, the more effective it will be and the greater the chance of survival. If you think you, or someone you know is having a heart attack, dial 999 for an emergency ambulance immediately. Know the symptoms of a Heart Attack The common symptoms of a heart attack are: • Crushing central chest pain • Pain spreading to the arms, neck or jaw • Feeling sick as well as having central chest pain • Feeling sweaty as well as having central chest pain • Feeling short of breath as well as having central chest pain Other less common symptoms are: • heavy' A dull pain, ache, or ' feeling in the chest • A mild discomfort in the chest that makes you feel generally unwell • The pain in the chest can spread to the back or stomach • A chest pain that feels like a bad episode of indigestion • Feeling light-headed or dizzy as well as having chest pain The pain can last anything from a few minutes to several hours. Moving around, changing your position or resting will not stop, or ease the pain. The pain may be constant or it may come and go. Remember not everyone will have the same symptoms, if you or someone you know experience any of these symptoms, get medical help. Do not wait. To find useful contacts and links visit: www.ambulance.wales.nhs.uk and go to ‘Get Involved’ then ‘Heart Watch’.