Not all heart attacks and strokes begin with sudden, crushing pain, as is often shown on TV or in the movies. Many start slowly as mild pain or discomfort. The most common warning signs are:
Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack
- Chest discomfort. It may feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. The discomfort can be mild or severe, and it may come and go.
- Discomfort or pain in other areas of the upper body, including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath
- Other symptoms include breaking out into a cold sweat, experiencing nausea or lightheadedness
Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms or legs
- Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others
- Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
- Sudden trouble walking or standing, loss of balance or coordination, dizziness
If you think you or someone else is having a heart attack or stroke, you must act quickly. CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY.