Back in July I wrote about Costochondritis. The chest pain that some people have with Fibromyalgia that feels like you might be having a heart attack. Thinking back, I thought I better give you some information on signs and symptoms of a real heart attack and stroke. Just for your own information. I live in Canada as some of you know so my information comes from the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation. However, at the bottom I have posted links to the American Heart and Strokes Foundations as well.
Knowing this information you just might save a Life!
–HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS–
Thousands die from heart attacks every year because they don’t receive medical treatment quickly enough. Learn to recognize the signals of a heart attack so you can react quickly to save a life.
Pain* Sudden discomfort or pain that does not go away with rest * Pain that may be in the chest, neck, jaw, shoulder, arms or back * Pain that may feel like burning, squeezing, heaviness, tightness or pressure * In women, pain may be more vague * Chest pain or discomfort that is brought on with exertion and goes away with rest
Shortness of breath * Difficulty breathing
Nausea * Indigestion, * Vomiting
Sweating * Cool, clammy skin
Fear * Anxiety, * Denial
If you are experiencing any of these signals, you should:
* CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately, or have someone call for you. Keep a list of emergency numbers near the phone at all times.
* Stop all activity and sit or lie down, in whatever position is most comfortable.
* If you take nitroglycerin, take your normal dosage.
* If you are experiencing chest pain, chew and swallow one adult 325 mg tablet or two 80 mg tablets of ASA(acetylsalicylic acid, commonly referred to as Aspirin®). Pain medicines such as acetaminophen (commonly known as Tylenol®) or ibuprofen (commonly known as Advil®) do not work the same way as ASA (Aspirin) and therefore will not help in the emergency situation described above.
* Rest comfortably and wait for an ambulance with emergency medical personnel to arrive.
–STROKE WARNING SIGNS–
Stroke is a medical emergency. Recognizing and responding immediately to the warning signs of stroke by calling 9-1-1 or your local emergency number can significantly improve survival and recovery. If a person is diagnosed with a stroke caused by a blood clot, then doctors can administer a clot-busting drug available only at a hospital, and only within a few crucial hours after symptoms begin.* That’s why it is very important to be able to recognize the 5 warning signs of stroke and immediately call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number.
–The Five Signs–
Stroke can be treated. That’s why it is so important to recognize and respond to the warning signs.
Weakness – Sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, even if temporary.
Trouble speaking – Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding or sudden confusion, even if temporary.
Vision problems – Sudden trouble with vision, even if temporary.
Headache – Sudden severe and unusual headache.
Dizziness – Sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs.
If you experience any of these symptoms, CALL 9-1-1 or your local emergency number immediately.
Here is a link to the Canadian Heart And Stroke Foundation’s PDF version of their brochure:
the American Heart Association Heart Attack Site:
the American Stroke Association:
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