Warning Signs – Heart Attack and Stroke
How Healthy is your Heart?
There are many elements of our everyday health that are important, however ensuring that you maintain a healthy heart is critical. The heart beats about 2.5 billion times over the average lifetime and is responsible for pushing millions of litres of blood to every part of your body. The blood delivers oxygen, fuel, hormones and a host of essential cells to maintain healthy operation of your body. When your heart fails, the essential operations of your body will fail. Maintaining a healthy heart through diet, exercise and an ideal weight helps to look after your heart.
However, if you are in the unfortunate situation of experiencing a heart attack or stroke, it is critical to act quickly to minimise damage to your heart and body.
Know Your Warning Signs
Recognise the key warning signs of someone experiencing a heart attack or stroke, and the vital actions to take in ensuring they get the attention they require.
Heart Attack Warning Signs
- Pain in chest or shortness of breath
- Lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting
- Pain, heaviness, weakness or pressure in arm or shoulder
- Jaw, neck or back pain
- Choking or burning feeling in throat
- Cold sweats along with symptoms
Stroke Warning Signs
- Facial Weakness
- Arm Weakness
- Speech Problems
- Time to call 000
Heart Attack and Stroke are medical emergencies which require urgent medical attention.
It is important to call triple zero (000) for an ambulance if you are with a person who experiences warning signs of heart attack or stroke. A FAST response is required for better recovery.