Sociodemographic characteristics and prehospital symptoms and behaviour of patients. Values are numbers (percentages) unless otherwise stated

CharacteristicsPatients (n=22)
Male20 (91)
Living with spouse13 (59)
Alone at time of symptoms11 (50)
Predominant symptoms perceived as typical of acute myocardial infarction14 (64)
Predominant symptoms not perceived as typical of acute myocardial infarction8 (36)
Up to one hour taken to seek care11 (50)
One to four hours taken to seek care6 (27)
Over four hours taken to seek care5 (23)
Symptoms initially different from those of previous acute myocardial infarction20 (91)
Phoned ambulance directly8 (36)
Phoned general practitioner first12 (55)
Went to hospital by car1 (5)
Other1 (5)
Mean (SD) age years66 (6.3)
Median time (hours) from onset of symptoms to care being sought1.5