Signs of a Heart Attack or Stroke
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
Get to the hospital quickly. The longer it takes to get treated, the more your heart may be damaged.
In Both Men and Women:
- Squeezing chest pain or pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness in chest
- Pain spreading to shoulders, neck, arm, or jaw
- Feeling of heartburn or indigestion with or without nausea and vomiting
- Sudden dizziness or brief loss of consciousness
Symptoms More Likely in Women:
- Indigestion or gas-like pain
- Dizziness or nausea
- Unexplained weakness or fatigue
- Discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades
- Recurring chest discomfort
- Sense of impending doom
Your Action Plan:
- Call 911 immediately
- Provide one aspirin to chew. Heart attacks are caused by blood clots in heart arteries, and aspirin helps reduce these clots.
- Give CPR if the patient is not breathing.
Warning Signs of a Stroke
Call 9-1-1 immediately if you experience symptoms; time lost is brain lost!
A stroke is a medical emergency. Remember the FAST warning signs of stroke and teach them to others.
- F is for Face – One side of the face looks different or droopy
- A is for Arms – Can’t hold both arms out straight and even
- S is for Speech – Trouble repeating a simple sentence
- T is for Time – Get to Emergency immediately