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Surviving coronary heart assault: ‘Studying Farmers Weekly saved my life’

A Cumbrian farmer has survived a coronary heart assault having just lately learn our article within the Farmers Weekly month-to-month Farm Physician” collection, overlaying the indicators to look out for and the motion to be taken. 

Primarily based simply west of Carlisle in Thurstonfield, 76-year-old farmer Billy Swainson says studying this explicit article saved his life.

See additionally: Farm Physician: May you recognise coronary heart assault signs? 

“I learn the story about farmers not recognising coronary heart assault signs, and it resonated with me. I’m a match man and didn’t suppose I had any issues,” Mr Swainson explains.

“My spouse died 13 months in the past, so I reside alone. The kids had been on vacation and the farm workers had gone house, and it was about 11pm at night time.

“I bought a pointy ache in my chest and it began to unfold. Then a sense of stress began to construct.

“My preliminary thought was indigestion, and I thought of taking painkillers and going to mattress. However I’d remembered the article, and I had a fast look by means of and realised that the whole lot matched up.

Farmers Weekly was nonetheless on the desk beside me, so I used to be capable of tick my very own signs off in opposition to the checklist of signs you had given.”


Recognising that he was having a coronary heart assault, Mr Swainson rang for an ambulance and was taken to the hospital, the place he was praised for figuring out the signs and, crucially, catching it throughout the first hour.

“They labored on me all night time and wouldn’t let me go house. They did a cardiograph and put a stent in.

“Now I really feel fantastic, nevertheless it may have been loads worse,” says Mr Swainson, who’s again overseeing operations on his household farm, which he has handed over to his son. 

“You’ll be able to credit score yourselves with saving me, and perhaps by writing about this, you would possibly save another.”

Coronary heart assault signs

In the event you expertise any of the next, alert any person instantly and name 999:

  • Feeling like there may be an elephant sat in your chest
  • Chest ache that comes on abruptly and doesn’t go away
  • This ache could journey up your neck and down your arm (normally left)
  • Numbness in your arms or fingers
  • Feeling sick, sweaty, lightheaded or in need of breath
  • An aching sensation in your jaw.

Learn Farm Physician Camilla Baker’s full checklist of coronary heart assault indicators and signs



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