Know the warning signs

Coronary heart disease is America’s number one killer. Stroke is number three and a leading cause of serious disability. That’s why it’s so important to know the warning signs and know how to respond quickly and properly if warning signs occur. Some heart attacks are sudden and quick while others start more slowly with mild pain and discomfort. Here are some signs that you may be having a heart attack: ‘ Chest discomfort; ‘ Discomfort or pain in your neck, both arms, back or jaw; and ‘ Shortness of breath Some other signs include nausea, feeling lightheaded or breaking out in a cold sweat. Stroke is also a life altering condition. Here are the symptoms you should be aware of: ‘ Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially if it is on one side of the body; ‘ Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding; ‘ Trouble seeing in one or both eyes; ‘ Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination; and ‘ A severe headache with no known cause. If you have any of these symptoms or feel like you are having a heart attack or stroke, dial 9-1-1 immediately and get help. For more information go online to www.heartassociation.org or www.strokeassociation.org.

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