- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, often on one side of the 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.
Not all of these warning signs occur in every stroke. If some signs begin to occur, don’t wait. Get help immediately. Stroke is a medical emergency.
According to the American Heart Association, the signs of a heart attack include:
- Chest pain–This is can be sudden and intense, or it can begin slowly with mild pain and discomfort. The pain usually starts in the center of the chest and lasts for more than a few minutes. It also may be intermittent pain that goes away and comes back. Some describe this feeling as pressure or squeezing.
- Pain or discomfort in the upper body–This usually involves pain in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath–This usually occurs at the same time the patient feels chest pain, but sometimes it can occur before.
- Cold sweat
The American Heart Association recommends that you call for emergency help immediately (no more than five minutes after onset of symptoms) if you or someone you know is experiencing chest pain, especially with one or more other symptoms.