How-to-know-if-someone-is-having-a-stroke-or-heart-attack How to know if someone is having a stroke or heart attack

How to know if someone is having a stroke or heart attack

7/26/2019
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An article in the North Shore News highlights the importance of knowing the symptoms of stroke:

"How do you know if someone is having a heart attack or stroke? Symptoms of a heart attack to watch for include: chest pain or pressure, or a strange feeling in the chest, sweating, shortness of breath, nausea or vomiting, pain, pressure, or a strange feeling in the back, neck, jaw, or upper belly, or in one or both shoulders or arms, light-headedness or sudden weakness, or a fast or irregular heartbeat.

Symptoms for stroke include: sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body, sudden vision changes, sudden trouble speaking, sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements, sudden problems with walking or balance and a sudden, severe headache that is different from past headaches. An acronym many people use is FAST, which translates to: Face – is it drooping? Arms – can you raise both? Speech – is it slurred or jumbled? Time – to call 911 right away. Of course, calling 911 right away applies to a heart attack as well – the sooner the better."


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