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Signs of a Heart Attack or Stroke

Warning Signs

Heart Attack Warning Signs

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense -- the “movie heart attack,” where no one doubts what’s happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

If you or someone you’re with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don’t wait longer than a few minutes (no more than 5) before calling for help. Call 9-1-1... Have someone get you to a hospital right away.

Stroke Warning Signs

The American Stroke Association says these are the warning signs of stroke:

If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don’t delay. Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you’ll know when the first symptoms appeared. It’s very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.