Signs of a Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
- Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
- A severe headache with no known cause.
For more information about stroke prevention visit the American Stroke Association.
Signs of a Heart Attack
- Chest pain and/or 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 – such as pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath – with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs: breaking out into a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.
- Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but many others start slowly with mild pain of discomfort. People often don’t know what’s wrong and wait too long to get help.
- A woman’s most common heart attack symptom is also chest pain or discomfort. However, women may also experience the other signs. If you’re not sure, tell a doctor about your symptoms.
For more information, please visit the American Heart Association.
If you have an emergency or need an ambulance, please call 9-1-1. Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment.