Minutes make the difference when heart attack and stroke symptoms appear.
Pekin Hospital’s health professionals are specially trained to recognize, assess and treat heart attack and stroke, but your role is also critical. In cardiac events, minutes matter, and fast medical care drastically changes outcomes. By learning to recognize the most common heart attack and stroke warning signs, you could save a life.
Keep in mind that men's and women's trauma symptoms can differ. If you or someone else experience warning signs of a heart attack or a stroke, report to the Emergency Unit immediately or call 9-1-1; don't ignore the symptoms.
Heed the warnings of a heart attack:
- Chest pressure
- Pain that radiates to the shoulders, neck or arms (especially the left arm)
- Lightheadedness, sweating or nausea
- Shortness of breath
Pay attention to the symptoms of a stroke:
- Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg (especially 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