If any of these signs are present, CALL 9-1-1
Heart attack and stroke are life-and-death emergencies — every second counts. If you see or have any of the listed symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Not all these signs occur in every heart attack or stroke. Sometimes they go away and return. If some occur, get help fast!
Today heart attack and stroke victims can benefit from new medications and treatments unavailable to patients in years past. For example, clot-busting drugs can stop some heart attacks and strokes in progress, reducing disability and saving lives. But to be effective, these drugs must be given relatively quickly after heart attack or stroke symptoms first appear. So again, don’t delay — get help right away!
If one or more of these signs is present, don’t delay:
- 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
The above information is taken from the American Heart Association. CLICK HERE to learn more.