Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics

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How To Recognize And React To Heart Attacks

Symptoms of Heart Attacks

  • Chest pains, squeezing sensation – The pain can radiate into the arms and jaw.
  • Clammy skin and cold sweat
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Blue around the lips and mouth

How should you react?

  • Relax, sit down and see if it passes within a few minutes
  • If it doesn’t pass call 9-11

If someone else is displaying symptoms:

  • Get the person to relax
  • Monitor closely
  • Loosen tight clothes
  • Ask if they take any heart medicine – and help them take it.
  • If it does not pass, call 9-1-1
  • If the person loses consciousness, begin CPR

How To Recognize And React To Strokes

Symptoms of Strokes

  • Paralysis of the legs
  • Paralysis of the arms
  • Paralysis of one side of the face
  • Speech impairment
  • Problems with comprehension
  • Problems swallowing
  • Partial blindness
  • Coordination problems

How should you react?

  • If you experience symptoms of a stroke you should seek medical assistance immediately!

If someone else is displaying symptoms:

  • Ask the person to smile
  • Ask the person to lift both arms
  • Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence

If they cannot complete the actions call 9-1-1 immediately

How to Avoid Heart Attacks and Strokes

There are no guarantees when it comes to health. We can live healthy our whole life and still get hit by diseases, but we can greatly improve our chances by living healthy and staying active. 

Read our articles on Health and Exercise and learn a lot more. 

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