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Know the Signs: Heart Attack, Stroke or Cardiac Arrest

Heart Attack Warning Signs

  • Chest Discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of Breath with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other Signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light headedness.


Stroke Warning Signs


  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding.
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
  • Severe headache with no known cause.


Cardiac Arrest Warning Signs

  • Sudden Loss of Responsiveness: No response to tapping on shoulders.
  • No Normal Breathing.
    If ANY of these signs exist, call 9-1-1- immediately.

*Source: Amercian Heart Association

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