The region’s ambulance service are urging residents to continue looking after themelves in an effort to help avoid health conditions escalating into a need for 999 help.
The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) received more than 3,000 extra calls last year to cardiac-related emergencies.
There was a six per cent increase in cardiac arrest calls in 2015/16 compared with the previous year and a five per cent increase in chest pain calls.
The Suffolk Trust received 1,324 calls to cardiac arrests in 2015/16 compared to 1,196 the previous year.
There were 7,617 calls from patients with chest pain compared to 7,516 in 2014/15.
People are being urged to: adopt a healthy balanced diet to help lower cholesterol levels, eat plenty of fruit and vegetables and lowering salt intake will improve people’s heart health, drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, stay active by doing a recommended 150 minutes of physical exercise a week and quit smoking.
Consultant Paramedic Marcus Bailey said: “Cardiac arrests are our highest priority calls and our staff do their very best to resuscitate these patients”.
“However, we are urging people to act now to think about how they avoid a cardiac emergency in the future. It is important that we look after our hearts.”
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