Heart Attack & Stroke

Heart Attack

In the event of a suspected heart attack you may, although not necessarily, experience or notice one or several of the following symptoms:

  • Crushing pain in the chest
  • Pain running down one or both arms, usually the left
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, back or abdomen
  • Profuse sweating
  • Shortness of breath or laboured breathing
  • Tension in the jaw and aching teeth
  • Feeling sick or vomiting
  • Confusion or dizziness
  • Overwhelming feeling of anxiety

If affected by or see any of these symptoms you should call 999 immediately

Stroke

In the event of a stroke you may, although not necessarily, experience or notice one or several of the following symptoms.

These can be remembered with the word FAST: Face – Arms – Speech – Time

  • Face– the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped
  • Arms– the person may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm
  • Speech– their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake
  • Time– it is time to call 999 immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms

Other symptoms and signs may include:

  • paralysis of one side of the body
  • sudden loss or blurring of vision
  • dizziness
  • confusion
  • difficulty understanding what others are saying
  • problems with balance and co-ordination
  • difficulty swallowing
  • a sudden and very severe headache resulting in a blinding pain unlike anything experienced before
  • loss of consciousness

If affected by or see any of these symptoms you should call 999 immediately

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