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Heart attack peer thanks medics
Lord Astor
Lord Astor thought his pain was indigestion but it didn't go away
A Tory peer will publicly thank the ambulance crews who saved his life when he had a heart attack at his home.

Surrey-based paramedics Kevin Cover and Howard Newlan were called to Lord Astor of Hever's Kent home on New Year's day.

The shadow defence minister said he thought his prolonged chest pain was indigestion but it "didn't go away".

The clinicians saved his life using a defibrillator to shock his heart and clot-busting drugs, a South East Coast Ambulance Service statement said.

They saved my life
Lord Astor

Lord Astor, of Westerham, will visit the crews at their base in Banstead on Tuesday.

The 61-year-old, who stopped breathing while he was being treated, said: "I started feeling more unwell.

"Realising this was something more serious, I called an ambulance.

"I remember feeling enormously relieved when they arrived.

Defibrillator
The clinicians used a defibrillator and clot-busting drugs

"Straight away their consummate professionalism inspired a lot of confidence."

He added: "They saved my life."

Mr Newlan said: "Lord Astor is a non-smoker who takes regular exercise and so it was even more of a shock to him that he had a heart attack.

"His decision to call an ambulance when he realised that his indigestion-like pains were not going away saved his life."

He urged anyone experiencing heart attack symptoms to call 999 immediately.

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