Know The Early Warning Signs of Heart Attacks and Stroke

Heart smarts keep women from seeing red

Friday, February 6, 2009, is National Wear Red Day—a day when Americans nationwide will show their support for women's heart disease awareness by wearing red. For more information on National Wear Red Day, click here.

In honor of American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day, we're sharing some tasty, heart-healthy recipes and the warning signs for heart attack and stroke (from the American Heart Association) that everyone needs to know.

Most common heart attack warning signs include:

  • Chest pain or discomfort lasting more than a few minutes (or that goes away and comes back)
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath, with or without chest discomfort
  • Other signs such as nausea, breaking out in a cold sweat or lightheadedness
  • Women are more likely than men, however, to experience exhaustion and shortness of breath, indigestion or stomach upset, anxiety, and back or jaw pain

Stroke warning signs may include:

  • 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

What to do

  • If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, call 9-1-1 at once. Don't delay!
  • It's very important to take immediate action and get to a hospital right away.

—Source: American Heart Association