Heart attack issue

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 04 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:0

“People going ‘aahh’ and dying.” That was the preconception of a heart attack of a patient who delayed before seeking help for one that was much less dramatic. In a qualitative study of what patients do when they have a heart attack (p 1060) another delayed by trying some treatment at home: “I've got this indigestion and of course my missus says; ‘Well take some of your Zantac.’ So I did like, you know, but it made no difference and they [mother in law and wife] said: ‘Try some lemonade.’ Then her mum gave me some mints. …

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