Cardiovascular Emergency

STROKE  Warning Signs
(click this link to the American Stroke Association website)
* Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of body
* Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
* Sudden severe headache with no known cause
1. Immediately call 911.  Early treatment (within the first 3 hours) will reduce long-term disability.

HEART ATTACK Warning Signs
(click this link to the the American Heart Association website)
* Chest discomfort (pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain) that lasts more than a few minutes or that
goes away and comes back
* Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (such as one or both arms, back, neck, jaw, stomach)
* Shortness of breath
* Cold sweat
* Nausea (may or may not include vomiting)
* Lightheadedness
1. Immediately call 911.  Don’t wait even 5 min.  Don’t drive yourself to the hospital.  Fast treatment can
save your life.

(click the link to the American Heart Association website)
* Can occur when blood pressure reaches 180 systolic (top number) or 110 diastolic (bottom number)
or above
* Many people with high blood pressure do not experience symptoms
* Some people experience: severe headache, shortness of breath, nosebleeds, severe anxiety, stroke
or heart attack symptoms
1. Go to the emergency room immediately to be evaluated.  Do not wait to see if your blood pressure
comes down on its own.