HEART ATTACK AWARENESS
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.