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Warning Signs of Heart Attack or Stroke

Heart Attack

  • Fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest, lasting more than a few minutes;
  • Pain spreading to the neck, shoulders or arms;
  • Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath.
  • Women may experience an indigestion-type feeling in the upper abdomen; nausea; profound fatigue or decreasing exercise tolerance; sudden and severe headaches; tightness in the right or left arm, often mistaken for joint pain; and shoulder or neck discomfort.


  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body;
  • Sudden confusion and trouble with understanding or speaking;
  • Vision problems with one or both eyes;
  • Trouble walking or maintaining balance;
  • Sudden and severe headache with unknown cause.
  • If you experience one or more of these symptoms, and they don't go away within a few minutes, call 9-1-1.

Pay particular attention to these symptoms if you have the following risk factors:

  • High blood pressure;
  • History of high cholesterol or elevated triglycerides;
  • History of heart disease or stroke in the family;
  • You're a smoker;
  • You're diabetic;
  • You've been experiencing a very high level of stress;
  • You weigh more than the standard for your height, age and body frame.