Disease of the heart and circulation is an umbrella term for several types of conditions including heart attacks, stroke and disturbance to your heart's rhythm.
Finding out more
For more information on the symptoms associated with each type of condition take a look at our conditions pages.
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Heart attack symptomsIt's important to remember that the symptoms of a heart attack can vary from one person to another.
Symptoms can range from a severe pain in the centre of the chest, to having mild chest discomfort that makes you feel generally unwell. In some cases, chest pain or discomfort are accompanied by other symptoms.
If you, or anyone around you, experience any of these symptoms, don't ignore them. Phone 999 for an ambulance immediately. This means that you will get treatment as soon as possible.
The sooner you get treatment, the greater your chances of survival.
● central chest pain; a dull pain, ache or 'heavy' feeling in your chest; or
mild discomfort in your chest that makes you feel generally unwell.
The pain or discomfort may feel like a bad episode of indigestion.
● this pain or discomfort may spread to the arms, neck, jaw, back or
● as well as having chest pain or discomfort you can feel light-headed or
dizzy and short of breath.
● You may also feel nauseous or vomit.
This two minute film lets you experience what it's like to have a heart attack first hand. Take the time to watch it then you'll be prepared if and when it happens for real.