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Ki­wis are be­ing asked to put aside their ‘‘she’ll be right’’ at­ti­tude and dial 111 if they sus­pect some­one is hav­ing a heart at­tack. Heart Foun­da­tion med­i­cal di­rec­tor Gerry Devlin says it can be frus­trat­ing to see peo­ple turn­ing up at an emer­gency depart­ment many hours af­ter ex­pe­ri­enc­ing heart at­tack symp­toms. Devlin says too many Ki­wis are in­creas­ing the risk of death or per­ma­nent heart dam­age by not get­ting med­i­cal at­ten­tion soon enough. The symp­toms of a heart at­tack can in­clude: chest dis­com­fort last­ing for 10 min­utes or more, pain that spreads to the jaw or shoul­ders, ex­ces­sive sweat­ing, short­ness of breath and nau­sea.

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