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Suffering a heart attack can be a frightening and devastating ordeal

You may feel extremely vulnerable during your stay in hospital. At this time you will be provided with lots of information both verbally and in written format about what has happened and why this may have happened. It can be very overwhelming.

Once you are at home and begin to feel better you may find it helpful to find out how the heart works and what causes a heart attack. This will help you to understand the reasons behind the treatment and advice you have been given by healthcare professionals.

Knowing how the heart works will help you make decisions about your steps to recovery.

Discover how the heart works
Warning signs

By knowing the heart attack warning signs you could save a life – and it might be your own

What causes a heart attack?

There are a number of factors which are known to increase the risk of having heart attack

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  • Women and heart disease

    Heart disease is the single biggest killer of women in New Zealand

  • What is a heart attack?

    A heart attack happens when blood stops flowing to part of your heart

  • Heart attack warning signs

    By knowing the heart attack warning signs you could save a life – and it might be your own

What is a heart attack?

A heart attack happens when blood stops flowing to part of your heart

How the heart works

Your heart is a powerful muscle that pumps blood around your body through a network of blood vessels

Angina

Angina can happen when arteries get narrower

Treatment for a heart attack

Early treatment to restore blood flow to the heart muscle can prevent or limit the amount of damage when a heart attack happens

Women and Heart Disease

Heart disease is the single biggest killer of women in New Zealand, yet most women don’t know this

Minutes Matter. If you think you might be having a heart attack don’t wait, call 111.

Continue the journey

Angina
Symptoms of angina, and what you can do about it
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Do you know the warning signs?
Discover the signs and symptoms of heart attack
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