Know The Symptoms Of A Heart Attack Or Stroke

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), approximately 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes occur every year in the United States. Although many individuals survive these instances, the Golden Valley Fire Department wants residents to know the signs and symptoms of heart attacks and strokes, to be prepared when the worst happens.

“Whether you’re dealing with a heart attack or stroke, time is critical,” says Golden Valley Fire Battalion Chief Steve Baker. “Early recognition saves lives and can improve quality of life.”

Heart Attack

Most often, heart attacks start slowly with mild discomfort, giving warning signs before they occur. Signs include chest discomfort lasting more than a few minutes at a time, shortness of breath, and nausea, dizziness, or vomiting.

If you think you or someone else are having a heart attack, the first step to call 911. Next, the person in question should take a normal dose of aspirin to slow blood clotting. If the person is unconscious and not breathing normally, perform CPR until emergency services arrive.

Learn Hands Only CPR/AED training with the Golden Valley Fire Department Feb 12, 7-8:30 pm at Brookview. Register here.

Stroke

Spotting a stroke can be easier when using the FAST method—Face Drooping, Arm Weakness, Speech Difficulty, Time To Call 911.

If you’re still unsure after using the FAST method, call 911 anyway. Patients who arrive at the Emergency Room within three hours of their first symptoms often have less disability three months after a stroke than those who received delayed care, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

For more information about recognizing heart attack and stroke symptoms, visit the AHA website.

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