A businessman from Northamptonshire, whose heart rate was the highest a paramedic had ever seen, has thanked the medics who came to his aid.
Keith Brown, from Belle Baulk, Towcester, was at home by himself when his heart beat escalated alarmingly.
After calling NHS Direct, he thought he may have a long wait, but an ambulance had been parked only a few streets away on a break, and the East Midlands Ambulance Service crew of Danielle Neighbour and Emily Plant arrived in just two minutes.
Mr Brown, aged 52, said: “They immediately made me feel calm by telling me there’s nothing to worry about and managed to stabilise me and walk me to the ambulance.
“I know it’s their job, but they had an aura of calm about them. It was probably stressful, but they handled themselves fantastically.”
Hospital doctors found Mr Brown’s condition was caused by disruption of electrical activity in his heart and a scan also found a second unrelated problem.
Mr Brown met Danielle and Emily again at his home last week and presented them both with a bunch of flowers.
Danielle said: “His heart rate was 240 beats per minute, the highest I’ve ever come across in my five years of being a paramedic. Obviously you can’t let on, so you just have to balance up speed and calmness. It doesn’t happen very often that a patient takes the trouble to say thank you so we’re very pleased.”