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Over 80% of the calls we respond to are medical aids. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also important for people that already have heart disease.
To lower your risk:
❤️ Watch your Weight
❤️ Quit Smoking and Stay Away from Secondhand Smoke
❤️ Control Your Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
❤️ If You Drink Alcohol, Drink Only in Moderation
❤️Get Active and Eat Healthy
Do you know how to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack? Can you tell the difference between heart attack and stroke symptoms?
Heart Attack Symptoms
CHEST DISCOMFORTMost heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
DISCOMFORT IN OTHER AREAS OF THE UPPER BODYSymptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
SHORTNESS OF BREATHwith or without chest discomfort.
OTHER SIGNSmay include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness.
Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.
FACE DROOPINGDoes one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.
ARM WEAKNESSIs one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
SPEECH DIFFICULTYIs speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
TIME TO CALL 9-1-1If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.