1,444 calls to cardiac-related emergencies in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 15:40 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:40 01 November 2016

1,444 calls to cardiac-related emergencies in Hertfordshire.

1,444 calls to cardiac-related emergencies in Hertfordshire.

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The East of England Ambulance Service is offering health advice after revealing how many emergency calls it received from people suffering with cardiac arrests and chest pains in Hertfordshire.

Heart health is at the centre of a ‘takeover’ week by the region’s ambulance service to help avoid health conditions escalating into a need for 999 help.

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received 1,444 calls in 2015/16 to cardiac-related emergencies, in Hertfordshire. Compared to 1,426 calls relating to cardiac arrests in 2014/2015.

The service also received 9,633 calls in 2015/16 of people experiencing chest pains. Compared to 8,909 calls in 2014/15.

A cardiac arrest, when a person has stopped breathing with no heart beat and is unconscious, needs immediate life-saving care such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a defibrillator.

The trust is urging people to think about prevention being better than a cure by making some simple lifestyle choices to help their long-term health and help reduce the number of cardiac emergencies.

People are being urged to:

Adopt a healthy balanced diet to help lower cholesterol levels.

Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and lowering salt intake will improve people’s heart health.

Drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week.

Stay active by doing a recommended 150 minutes of physical exercise a week.

Quit smoking.

Consultant paramedic Marcus Bailey said: “Cardiac arrests are our highest priority calls and our staff do their very best to resuscitate these patients.

“However, we are urging people to act now to think about how they avoid a cardiac emergency in the future. It is important that we look after our hearts.

“Simple steps such as a balanced diet, getting your blood pressure checked and staying active will help avoid a 999 call for an emergency ambulance.”

The service has a cardiac care week until Sunday, November 6, to encourage people to look after their heart and to know what to do in an emergency.

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