NHS Urges Citizens to Dial 999, when they spot early signs of Heart Attack

NHS Urges Citizens to Dial 999, when they spot early signs of Heart Attack

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    In recent news, the NHS has said that thousands more lives could be saved if people knew how to spot the early signs of a heart attack. Doctors are raising awareness about the common early symptoms of heart attack such as sweating and tightness in the chest – and to call 999 if they experience them.

    This comes after a poll conducted showed that less than half of the people knew to dial 999 for some of the less clear signs. Only 41% from a poll of 2000, knew that sweating was an early symptom while just 27% are aware that light-headedness, feeling weak or uneasy were common symptoms of heart attack.

    In England, hospitals record more than 80,000 hospital admissions for heart attacks each year. For people who experience heart attack, the overall survival rate is seven in ten and this increases to nine in ten when they seek timely hospital treatment.

    From 14 February to 31 March, the NHS are on the campaign to raise awareness of the common early symptoms of heart attack which include sweating, uneasiness, chest tightness and to encourage them to dial 999 in such situations.

    Prof Stephen Powis, NHS England’s medical director, said that if people are able to recognize these vital signs, thousands of deaths could be prevented with earlier treatment. According to him, cardiovascular disease causes a quarter of all deaths across the country and that this area of health is the single biggest area where lives can be saved over the next decade.

    The campaign not only raises awareness for heart attack but also for cardiac arrest. If urgent treatment is not done, people who experience a cardiac arrest can die within minutes. 

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    Symptoms Of A Heart Attack Include

    • Chest pain – a sensation of pressure, heaviness, tightness or squeezing across the chest
    • Pain in other parts of the body – it feels as though the pain is spreading from your chest to your arms (usually the left arm is affected, but it can affect both arms), jaw, neck, back and abdomen
    • Feeling lightheaded or dizzy
    • Sweating
    • Shortness of breath
    • Feeling sick or being sick
    • An overwhelming sense of anxiety (similar to having a panic attack)
    • Coughing or wheezing

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    When a medical professional fails in his or her duty of care towards a patient under his or her care, this is termed clinical negligence.

    Clinical or Hospital negligence can occur in the following ways;

    • Completely Missed Diagnosis
    • Incorrect Diagnosis
    • Late Diagnosis
    • Incorrect treatment
    • Delays in commencing the right treatment
    • Failing to carry out proper diagnostic tests
    • Surgical errors
    • Prescription errors and drug administration errors
    • Errors during drug administration including giving overdose
    • Failing to warn the patient of risks of a treatment or procedure and getting the patients’ informed consent
    • Delay in or failing to refer patient to a specialist for further expert medical attention

    If you have suffered any form of distress (for example a heart attack) as a result of clinical negligence, help is available to you.

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    To prove your clinical negligence claim, you need to establish the four D’s of medical negligence which are;

      Duty of care– Where we show that the hospital owed you or your loved one a responsibility of care.
    • Deviation from duty of care– Meaning that the hospital breached that duty of care.
    • Direct Causation– The breach of duty of care is the direct cause of your predicament.
    • Damages– You have suffered damages to your health and general well being as a result.

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