Both heart attacks and brain attacks (stroke) can be stopped with immediate emergency medical treatment. You must know the warning signs to know when to call emergency services.
Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
In addition to the warning signs above, symptoms that may more commonly be seen in women, elderly and diabetics are:
Keep in mind that not all of these symptoms occur in every heart attack. Some symptoms may come and go. If you experience these signals, call 911 immediately.
Warning Signs of Stroke
If you or someone you know experiences just one warning sign of a stroke or heart attack, call 911 immediately.
Sometimes symptoms may appear for only a short period of time, and then disappear. These warning signs are often called ministrokes – or Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA) for strokes – and angina for heart attacks. These episodes indicate a serious risk and are a powerful warning that a full attack may soon follow.
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