Jerry recognised these signs from a first aid course he did at work and knew he was having a heart attack. He called for his wife and asked her to call an ambulance. He later woke up in a hospital bed.
The heart specialist diagnosed Jerry with hypertension (high blood pressure). Before his heart attack, Jerry didn’t know he had high blood pressure. He had been fit and athletic as a younger man but smoked and regularly drank alcohol from the age of 18. He was started on a number of medications and encouraged to change his lifestyle; to stop smoking, start exercising and to eat a balanced diet.