Heart Attack or Stroke, knowing the signs, it could save a life

March 6th, 2014
by Kathy Kres, YAH & Water Aerobics Director, Personal Trainer

(excerpted from Meditation and Health Magazine)

Heart Attack and Stroke Symptoms

Survivors of heart attack or stroke are at high risk of recurrence, and of dying from said recurrence.  Survival can, in part , have to do with recognizing the syptoms and consequently seeking immediate medical treatment.

Signs of a Heart Attack

  1. Pain, discomfprt or pressure in the central chest area.
  2. Pain or discomfort in the arms, elbows, left shoulder, jaw or back.
  3. Difficulty breathing, shortness of breath.
  4. Dizziness or lightheadedness; feeling faint.
  5. Nausea and vomiting.
  6. Cold sweat.
  7. Sudden paleness.
  8. Women can experience a heart attack without upper chest pressure.  They may instead feel pressure in the lower chest or upper abdomen,, pressure in the upper back, extreme fatigue, nausea, shortness of breat and dizziness.

Signs of a Stroke

  1. Sudden weaknss of the face, arm or leg, usually on one side of the body, is the most common sign of a stroke.
  2. Numbness of the face, arm or leg, typicall on one side of the body.
  3. Difficulty speaking or understanding speech.
  4. Confusion
  5. Loss of balance or cooridination; dizziness; difficulty walking.
  6. Intense headache.
  7. Impaired vision in one or both eyes.
  8. Fainting or unconsciousness.

Immediate medical attention is essential to both saving a life and mitigating lasting damage.