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Sam believes her cat Billy saved her life and everyone with her agrees.

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According to multiple sources, a British woman who was having a heart attack credits her cat with saving her life.

Queen’s Medical Center receptionist Sam Felstead told the BBC on Wednesday that her cat Billy jumped on her while she was sleeping and started meowing. After waking up and finding she couldn’t move her right side, she was rushed to the hospital by her mother, where she was told she had a heart attack while sleeping.

“He [Billy] doesn’t normally sit with me, but he knew something was wrong because he wouldn’t leave me alone,” Felstead said. “Thank goodness I made it to the hospital in time,” I was told by the doctors.

A Heart Attack: How I Avoided Death

The Cleveland Clinic emphasizes on their website how important it is to get medical attention quickly after experiencing a heart attack.

In his clinic, cardiologist John Mansour stressed the importance of prompt diagnosis and treatment. “When you don’t call 911 immediately or get to the hospital quickly, you risk death. Time is muscle. The longer you wait, the more damage is done to your heart.”

But due to feelings of shame, denial, or mistaking their symptoms for something else, over 25% of patients wait over 6 hours before going to the emergency room after they first appear.

Common symptoms of a heart attack include: sudden chest pains, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, among others. According to the Cleveland Clinic, patients experiencing these signs may incorrectly attribute them to a panic attack or heartburn. The hospital urged people experiencing these symptoms to contact emergency services immediately.

Had a direct impact on my survival.

Felstead, 42, also told SWNS that she woke up drenched in sweat, which is another common symptom of a heart attack, in addition to being paralyzed on one side of her body.

She explained that she had been sweating profusely and that she had experienced severe back pain and that her right side felt heavy and strange so that she could not move it. She also noted that she had been feeling very dizzy upon standing.

When Felstead’s mother dialed 999 (England’s emergency number), she was informed that an ambulance wouldn’t arrive for another two hours. Therefore, she took her daughter in her own car to the emergency room.

Felstead explained, “They found that one of my arteries was blocked, which is what brought on the heart attack.” “They looked after me extremely well, which was very nice, I have a lot of medication to take for the rest of my life, and I have to take it easy for six weeks.”

Felstead said that she is “very grateful” to Billy for waking her up, as reported by SWNS.

It could have been much worse for me if he hadn’t woken me up, so I’m just glad he did, she said. I believe he saved my life, and so do those close to me.

We at Newsweek have reached out to Felstead for comment through the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.

Pets with Superpowers Proliferate

To be sure, Billy isn’t the first pet to save his or her master’s life. This past May, a dog defended its owner from an attacking mountain lion.

Ten months ago in March, a dog saved its family’s lives by warning them of a fire in the home.

And in December of 2017, a mother reported that her dog had saved her child’s life by rousing her from a coma-like state.

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