Bob Hindlet, suffered a heart attack at 49
“I’d been cycling for 19 miles when I started to get pains in my chest and down my arms.
I thought it was my backpack tugging, so I carried on.
After another two miles, I had to stop. But rather than call an ambulance, I called my wife Bonnie, who has a bike rack on her car, because I was worried about losing my bike.
At the hospital, the doctor said I’d had a heart attack.
I couldn’t believe it.”
Laura Needham, suffered a heart attack at 32
“It felt like an electric shock in my left shoulder that shot across my chest into my neck and jaw. It took my breath away.
I had to keep stopping throughout the day because I felt faint and needed to vomit – I thought I’d just trapped a nerve. When I rang 111 for advice late at night, they sent a paramedic.
The paramedic listened and then said: "You're a nurse yourself - if one of your patients described those symptoms what would you think?" My honest answer was: ‘I'd think they were having a heart attack. But that can't be me!’ ”
Richard Elgar, suffered a heart attack at 36
“I was working on a building site when I started to feel something I would describe as like a letter box-shape bout of indigestion on the top of my chest. For three days I took peppermint and Rennies.
In the end I thought ‘this is stupid’, ‘what would I tell somebody else to do’? I thought I would tell them to call an ambulance, so I did that. An hour later in hospital they said I’d had a heart attack. It was such a shock.”