Jan 25, 2018

Do You Recognize the Early Warning Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke?

We’ve all heard about people who seemed perfectly healthy one day, who then experienced a fatal heart attack or stroke. This does happen and it is not always possible to predict such an unfortunate occurence. However, if you know what to look for, there are certain signs that can be a tipoff that such a medical event is underway. In many cases, the person affected can still be saved via timely intervention. Here are some of the early warning signs of heart attack and stroke.

Heart Attack

Most everyone knows that acute chest pain is a common sign of a heart attack. This uncomfortable pressure (which can also feel like squeezing or fullness) may be continuous or stop and then come back a few minutes later.

Here are some other symptoms you might not know about:

Pain in one of both arms, your stomach, back, neck, or jaw can also be an indication of a heart attack. Shortness of breath may occur before or during upper abdominal discomfort. Lightheadedness, nausea, or a case of the cold sweats can also be indicators.


Someone experiencing a stroke does not generally feel the same degree of pain as a heart attack. However, there are also some very notable indicators. These include obscurred vision in one or both eyes, dizziness/loss of balance and/or coordination, severe inexplicable headache, numbness or weakness in one side of the body or arms/legs/face, or difficulty speaking/understanding.

If you or someone around you has any of these symptoms, call an ambulance immediately. Very few people experience all of the above, but even just one can lead to serious consequences. The sooner this person receives medical treatment, the better the odds that they will survive and be able to lead a normal life.

In addition to this article, sharing the following video with colleagues and loved ones can potentially save a life:

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