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Signs and Symptoms
Strokes and heart attacks are always an emergency. But do you know the signs of stroke and heart attack? Knowledge is power. Save a life by learning the signs and symptoms, recognizing them when they happen, and calling 911 for help.
- Sudden numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion or trouble understanding speech
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Lightheadedness, nausea or vomiting
- Jaw, neck or back pain
- Discomfort or pain in arm or shoulder
- Shortness of breath
When you think someone might be having a stroke or heart attack, don't wait. Call 911 right away. Emergency medical services personnel are trained to identify stroke and heart attack and get the patient to a hospital fast. These medical emergencies are treatable and the faster the patient gets treated, the more likely they are to return home to family and routines.
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