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HDSP : Signs and Symptoms

Heart Disease

The National Heart Attack Alert Program notes these major signs and symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that may last for more than a few minutes or may come and go.  It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, including one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath and difficulty breathing often come along with the chest discomfort, but may occur before any chest pain.
  • Other symptoms may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or light-headedness.

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**Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms, and different people can experience each symptom differently.  If you have any suspicion that you could be having a heart attack, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.

**Heart Attacks are medical emergencies!  If you believe you or someone else is having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 immediately!

Stroke

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke notes these major signs and symptoms of stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or trouble understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one eye or both
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

**Not everyone will experience all of these symptoms, and different people can experience each symptom differently. If you have any suspicion that you could be having a stroke, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. For more information about stroke, visit the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the American Stroke Association.

**Strokes are medical emergencies!  If you believe you or someone else is having a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately! 

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The information presented here was adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The images are taken from the CDC/Public Health image library​​​​.

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