With a heart attack, every minute counts.
Each year, around 54,000 Australians suffer a heart attack - this equates to one every 9 minutes.
Dr Yohan Nathan, Medibank Medical Advisor, says knowing the warning signs of a heart attack could save your life.
“Recognising the warning signs of a heart attack, and getting to hospital fast, can reduce the damage to your heart muscle and increase your chance of survival.”
According to Dr Nathan, the warning signs differ from person to person.
“Symptoms may vary between individuals and someone who has already had a heart attack may have different symptoms the second time,” he says.
“Heart attacks are not always sudden or severe. Many start slowly, with only mild pain or discomfort. And some people might not get any chest pain at all, only discomfort in other parts of their upper body.”
Warning signs of a heart attack