Heart & Stroke Information
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION***
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
- Shortness of breath. This feeling often comes along with chest discomfort. But it can also occur without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
If you or someone you're with has one or more of these signs, call 911 immediately.
Get to the hospital right away.
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE AMERICAN STROKE ASSOCIATION***
Stroke is a MEDICAL EMERGENCY! Every second counts, because TIME LOST is BRAIN LOST! Know these stroke warning signs and share them with others:
- 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 with you has one or more of they signs,
Call 911 immediately so an ambulance -- ideally with advanced life support -- can come.
Check the time so you will know when the first symptoms appeared. It's important to take immediate action. If given within three (3) hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce the long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.