WARNING SIGNS OF A HEART ATTACK AND STROKE
HEART ATTACK WARNING SIGNS
- CHEST PAIN
- Patients experience a heaviness or pressure on the upper or central chest. This pain can also be felt down the left arm, in the back on in the jaw. Pain lasts more than just a few minutes and has been described as ‘the worst pain ever’ by patients.
- OTHER SYMPTOMS
- Patients will have profuse sweating, nausea and vomiting with the pain. Some may become breathless.
STROKE WARNING SIGNS
- F.A.S.T RECOGNITION
F: Face drooping on one side. There may be associated numbness of the face
A: Arm weakness. Patients may be unable to move or lift one arm when asked to do so.
S: Speech difficulty. Patients may develop slurred speech or have difficulty speaking and communicating. Ask them to tell you their name or the day of the week.
T: Time to call for help. If you suspect that the person you are with is having a stroke, call a doctor or ambulance straight away!