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Signs and Symptoms

Am I Having a Heart Attack?

The most common symptom is chest pain described as:

  • Burning
  • Pressure
  • Crushing
  • Heaviness
  • Indigestion
  • Squeezing

More subtle symptoms often felt by women and people with diabetes:

  • Pain in the jaw, neck, arm or between the shoulder blades
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating
  • Light-headedness

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, chew and swallow one 325 mg. uncoated aspirin (unless medically unsafe) and call 9-1-1.

Am I Having a Stroke?

Common symptoms:

  • Sudden, intense headache
  • Dizziness
  • Sudden weakness on one or both sides of the body
  • Sudden loss of sight, especially in one eye
  • Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding others

Other symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Paleness
  • Sweating
  • Changes in vision or hearing
  • Loss of sensation in hands or feet

If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, immediately call 9-1-1. New treatments are available that, when given within three hours of the onset of symptoms, can dramatically reduce brain damage in the most common types of stroke.

Know your Family History of Heart Disease

Your family history can provide important information about your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Find out the following information:
  1. What cardiovascular conditions have family members been diagnosed with? (i.e., aneurysm, coronary artery disease, heart failure, diabetes, hardening of the arteries, heart attack, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, irregular heart beat, heart valve problems, stroke, peripheral artery disease (usually in the legs), deep vein thrombosis, venus insufficiency or varicose veins)
  2. How old were they when they were diagnosed?
  3. What procedures/surgeries did they have?
  4. Did they smoke?
  5. Were they overweight?
  6. For those who are deceased, what was the cause of death, and how old were they when they died?
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