If you have a heart attack or stroke, you are more likely to survive if you know the warning signs. If these warning signs are present, CALL 9-1-1.
You may have one or more of the following signs of a heart attack:
- Chest discomfort—You may feel uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest. It may last a few minutes or it may go away and come back.
- Upper body pain—You may have pain or discomfort in one or both arms, that spreads to the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath—This can occur before or along with chest discomfort.
- Other symptoms—You may also break out in a cold sweat; have nausea and vomiting, anxiety, weakness, or heartburn.
Women may have different symptoms of a heart attack than men. Women may have:
- Heart flutter
- Heavy sweating
- Loss of appetite
The F.A.S.T. test is an easy way to remember these symptoms. F.A.S.T. stands for:
- F means Face—If one side of the face droops, it’s a sign of a possible stroke.
- A means Arms—If the person cannot hold both arms out, it’s another possible stroke sign.
- S means Speech—Slurring words and poor understanding of simple sentences is another possible stroke sign.
- T means Time—If any of the FAS signs are positive, it’s Time to call 9-1-1 immediately.
Treatment within three (3) hours of a stroke can often reduce long-term effects. Rehabilitation and prompt medical treatment can help a person recover from the effects of stroke and prevent another stroke from occurring.