Heart Attack & Stroke
Heart Attack and Stroke Warning Signs
Coronary heart disease is America’s # 1 killer. Stroke is # 3 and a leading cause of serious disability.
Everyone should know the warning signs of a heart attack or stroke and that time is of the essence in seeking medical attention.
Some heart attacks are sudden, the symptoms intense and there is no doubt as to what is happening. This is not always the case. Most heart attacks start slowly with mild pain or discomfort. This can lead to people waiting too long to seek medical intervention.
If you are experiencing the following symptoms, seek medical attention immediately. It is better to seek attention when it is not a heart attack as not to seek help and die.
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or it may go away and return. It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or fullness in the chest.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. This can be pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. This symptom often comes along with the chest discomfort, but it can also precede the chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, vomiting or lightheadedness.
If you or someone you are around experiences any of these symptoms, don’t delay! CALL 9-1-1.
Stroke Warning Signs:
The American Stroke Association says these are the warning signs of stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
If you or someone you are around has one or more of the symptoms CALL 9-1-1 immediately. It is also important to remember the time when the symptoms began to occur. Some medications given for stroke treatment must be given within in a time frame.
(Reference: The American Heart Association)