If you suspect you’re having a heart attack or stroke, don’t hesitate. Call 911 immediately.
Cardiovascular disease is now the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. It’s critical to know and recognize the symptoms of cardiovascular emergencies, like heart attack and stroke. These symptoms include:
Heart Attack Symptoms
- Chest discomfort, such as pressure or squeezing
- Discomfort in arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweat
- Sudden numbness or weakness of face, leg or arm
- Abrupt loss of vision
- Abrupt loss of coordination/strength
- Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
- Sudden severe headache
- Loss of balance with nausea/vomiting
Don’t Wait to Seek Medical Attention
The average person with heart attack symptoms waits more than two hours before going to an emergency room. Often this is because they don’t recognize the symptoms as something lifethreatening. Seeking immediate medical attention enables our staff to administer the treatment you need as quickly as possible.
Additionally, too many people head to the hospital in a car instead of calling 911. Only 36 percent of people with heart attack symptoms came to our hospital in an ambulance last year. Calling 911 ensures you’ll receive care as soon as possible, protecting both you and other drivers on the road.