The teaching resources include a lesson plan with suggested activities, a presentation, and a poster. By the end of the lesson, your students will:

  1. understand the signs and symptoms of an angina attack and a heart attack

  2. know what to do if someone is suffering from angina or a heart attack

  3. understand the effects of diet and exercise on the heart

  4.  know key terminology related to the heart

  5. know how and when to use an AED (automated external defibrillator).

Who can deliver this first aid lesson?

The lesson plans can be delivered by teachers, higher-level teaching assistants, school nurses and youth leaders who have a current first aid qualification. The first aid qualification must cover the topic you are teaching.

All the information from the resources can be found in the current edition of the First Aid Manual.

Teaching resources

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Heart attack poster

Chest Pains lesson plan poster

Three step guide on what to do when someone is having a heart attack.

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Angina attack

Angina is pain in the chest, which can happen with increased exertion or excitement. Find out what to look for and what to do.

Cardiac arrest

If someone has become unresponsive and they are not breathing normally, they could be in cardiac arrest. Find out what to look for and what to do, including how to do CPR and using a defibrillator.

Heart attack

A heart attack happens when the supply of blood to part of the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot. Find out what to look for and what to do.