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Warning Signs of Strokes And Heart Attacks

October 9th, 2013 by in Health with 841 Views

Stroke and heart attacks fall under the category of heart disease. These diseases ultimately kill 600,000 people annually in the United States and is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Each year 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Many people unfortunately are unaware of the signs and symptoms of strokes and heart attacks, and with the high annual prevalence of heart disease it is very important that your friends and family understand these in order for quicker treatment.


The acronym FAST is the best way to remember the signs and symptoms of a stroke. If these symptoms are noticed, it is important to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Stroke symptoms all begin SUDDENLY. These may include confusion and trouble speaking, numbness or weakness in arm, face or leg (mostly on one side), trouble seeing in one or both eyes, severe headache with no known cause, trouble walking or dizziness.


  • Although strokes can happen anywhere to anyone, 80% of strokes can be prevented with lifestyle changes and healthy living.
  • If you are a smoker, quit now.  Not only to prevent stroke but there are all kinds of diseases that have been linked to smoking.
  • Know your blood pressure. Untreated high blood pressure is a risk factor for stroke as it puts extra stress on the walls of blood vessels, eventually leading to thickening of the vessels and deterioration.
  • Know your cholesterol levels. High cholesterol is defined as being higher than 200 which is a fatty substance that can clog the arteries. Make sure that this is being tested on a regular basis.
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle through diet and exercise. A diet low in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol will help control diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Exercise will help to prevent obesity which has been linked to heart disease through poor circulation.


Signs and symptoms for a heart attack can vary greatly between men and women. If you feel that you or someone you know are having these signs or symptoms it is important to call 9-1-1 immediately and get to a hospital. The most common signs and symptoms are:

Chest pain or discomfort-Many people suffering from a heart attack will have extreme pain in the center of their chest or more on the left side that will feel like pressure, squeezing, crushing or fullness. If this lasts more than a few minutes or stops and comes back it may be a heart attack.

Upper body discomfort-Often, people having a heart attack will feel pain and discomfort in one or both arms, neck, jaw or back.

Shortness of breath can occur at rest or with light physical activity

Other signs and symptoms include nausea, being lightheaded or having a cold sweat. Women may feel unusually tired for days and may feel as though they are having flu like symptoms.


Heart attack prevention is very similar to stroke prevention. Lifestyle changes are important including quitting smoking, decrease cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, managing diabetes and stress, and increasing exercise and healthy nutrition.



  • Geofrey Bett

    Very informative article for anyone who values his/her health.Sometime back when i was 15 years old i used to feel pain in my chest but i sought medical help and i am now good.
    Thanks for the great advices.

  • MD Golam Rabbani

    Strokes And Heart Attacks is very common degases in Indian subcontinent. Very informative article. Bangladesh has many special hospital where only treatment Heart Attacks patient. Heart Foundation is one of them. However, I will share this article with my facebook as most of my friends are lives in Indian subcontinent.

  • Joseph John

    Very good article. According to a study, Ukraine has the highest death rate from heart disease. 896/100,000

  • liz soliven

    Im starting to worry about my dad, this would be helpful for me. You can never know when you’ve had stroke since it can start from small situations