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Heart Foundation – Heart Attack Awareness Campaign

Heart Disease is NZ’s biggest killer, claiming more than one life every 90 minutes. Many of these deaths are premature and preventable. Research tells us that many Kiwis delay calling for help when they think they are having a heart attack.


Heart Disease is NZ’s biggest killer, claiming more than one life every 90 minutes. Many of these deaths are premature and preventable. Research tells us that many Kiwis delay calling for help when they think they are having a heart attack.
We can save lives by getting people to recognise when they are having a heart attack and by empowering them to call for urgent medical help.

A heart attack is a life-threatening medical emergency and should be treated as one.

If you experience chest discomfort which lasts for 10 minutes or longer, you could be having a heart attack. This discomfort could feel like a squeezing, heaviness, pressure or burning across your chest, and the feeling may spread to your jaw, shoulders and back. You may also experience excessive sweating, shortness of breath and nausea.

If you or someone near you is experiencing one or more of these symptoms, call for medical help immediately. The faster you receive medical intervention, the less likely you are to suffer permanent damage to your heart, or die.

Remember, if you think you are having a heart attack, stop what you are doing immediately and rest. Tell someone nearby how you are feeling and don’t delay; seek urgent medical attention – call 111 immediately.

Visit www.heartfoundation.org.nz/heart-attack-awareness for more information.

Posters and brochures are available for displays – please contact the local branch of the Heart Foundation – 03 545 7112 or email nelson.marlborough@heartfoundation.org.nz

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Contact Phone: 03 545 7112
Contact Email: nelson.marlborough@heartfoundation.org.nz