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What to do in an Emergency

What is an emergency?

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What is an emergency?

  • If you get your angina sit down and use a tablet or one spray of GTN under the tongue.  Your angina will usually be gone in less than 5 minutes.  If the pain still hasn't gone within five minutes take another tablet or one puff of GTN under your tongue.  If the pain is still there after a further five minutes do it again a third time 

If the chest pain is still there after the third dose, call an ambulance (999) and your doctor.  Don't take more than 3 doses in 15 minutes.

  • If you have chest pain or tightness that is not like your usual angina – call an ambulance (999) and call your doctor
  • If you get angina but feel sick or sweaty too – call an ambulance (999) and your doctor

If in doubt – get help!

Heart Start - Is a national training programme to teach everyone how to deal with cardiac (heart) massage and resuscitation (emergency life support). 

Telephone 0131 225 1067 for details of local courses.  You could save a life.

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Helpful contacts

0131 226 3705 British heart foundation

0845 077 6000 Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (local call rate)

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