The warning signs of a heart attack can present themselves differently depending upon the individual.
Here are the most common symptoms:
• Chest discomfort in the center of the chest lasts more than a few minutes, or it goes away and comes back. It can feel light uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
• Discomfort in other areas of the upper body that can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
• Shortness of breath may occur with or without chest discomfort.
• Other signs may include breaking out into cold sweating, nausea or light-headedness.
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
A stroke is an emergency situation. Symptoms may occur suddenly, may vary and can include:
• Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
• Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
• Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
• Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Severe headache with no known cause
What should I do?
Even if someone is not sure it’s a heart attack or stroke, immediately call 9-1-1 or local emergency medical services, such as the fire department or ambulance. EMS staff members can begin treatment when they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too.