In honor of Heart Month, we’re sharing what you need to know to identify a heart attack or stroke. Knowing what to do at the onset of symptoms can save a life – whether it’s yours or someone else’s. Let’s begin by defining these serious situations and looking into their causes.
Women are reporting different signs of heart attacks that include unusual fatigue according to American Heart Association. It’s normal for us all to feel a little exhausted now and again, but listen to your body. If you feel that something’s not right, act right away. Other female-focused symptoms are clamminess, heartburn-like feeling, abdominal pain and lightheadedness.
Okay, well what is a stroke? A stroke mimics a heart attack in that blood supply is still limited. This time, though, the brain is not receiving the oxygen it needs, not your heart. When the brain doesn’t have oxygen, cells begin to die. Having prompt treatment for a stroke can help to reduce the amount of damage the brain sustains.
Signs of a stroke are different than those of a heart attack. A person may have trouble walking, feel dizzy or stumble. Other problems show in a person’s speech and comprehension; confusion, word-slurring and trouble understanding others are common symptoms. Numbness or paralysis of the face, one arm or one leg as well as vision disruptions can all point to a stroke.
Turn Your Health Around with a Heart Healthy Lifestyle
Presenters: Kim Knipe, Registered Dietitian & Susan Pizzi, Registered Nurse