Heart Education Awareness Resource and Training through E-learning (HEARTe)


Frank

Frank holding his hands over his chest as his wife telephones for an ambulance. ‘I remember he looked like that when he had his heart attack so I’m going to phone 999.’

Frank is a 60 year old man who works as a bus driver. He has had a previous myocardial infarction 8 years ago. Frank is a smoker and drinks alcohol regularly. He lives with his wife Betty. He enjoys socialising and is a member of his local darts team. Recently he has felt more tired and slightly more breathless.

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In a situation where someone is known to have a previous cardiac history, they should always be advised to phone 999 if they have sudden onset of chest pain at rest.

What to do if you have angina/chest pain

Step 1: Pain / breathlessness

  • stop what you are doing and sit down. Take 1 dose GTN (spray/tablet)
  • wait 5 minutes

Step 2: If pain / breathlessness remains:

  • take another dose GTN
  • wait 5 minutes

Step 3: If pain / breathlessness remains:

  • take another dose GTN
  • wait 5 minutes

Step 4: If pain / breathlessness remains:

  • call 999

This chest pain advice may vary slightly within different areas so it is worth checking this as a local guidance. However, this advice is from the CHSS Website.

Page last reviewed: 27 Jul 2020