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Thursday 15:00-15:30
Check Up is your chance to talk to doctors about the health issues that most concern you and your family. Each week Barbara Myers is joined by a medical expert to take your calls and emails on a particular topic and give you the most up to date advice. No appointment necessary.
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Thursday 1 March 2007
The ace of hearts

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Heart Attacks

For the first of the new series of Check Up Barbara Myers will be putting your calls about heart attacks to Professor Keith Channon from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.

Heart attacks are caused by an artery to the heart becoming blocked. The symptoms of an attack are pain, breathlessness, sweating, racing pulse, nausea, and pain as far as the jaw or stomach

Some heart attacks don’t cause the classic symptoms, sufferers just complain of feeling unwell, often the elderly or people with diabetes.

In the UK there are more than 200,000 heart attacks every year.

Women statistically have a worse outcome from a heart attack than men.

After a heart attack time is of the essence. Reopening the blocked artery as soon as possible is crucial to reduce the amount of permanent damage to the heart. This can be done by using clot busting drugs or a procedure called an angioplasty where a tube containing a small balloon is passed through to the narrowed artery. The balloon is then inflated so it squashes the fatty tissue responsible for the narrowing, and widens the artery.

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If you have questions about the causes and treatment of a heart attack, or what to do if you if you’ve had a recent attack, call Check Up.

Please contact the programme with your questions or comments on 08700-100-444 from 1.30pm – 3.30pm on the day of broadcast or e-mail us via the ‘Contact Check Up’ link above.

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