- A sensation of pressure or pain in the chest, either when you are at rest or active
- Pain radiating down an arm – often the left arm – or to the jaw
- Other symptoms may include sweating, weakness or shortness of breath
In women, heart attack symptoms sometimes differ from that of men. They may include:
- Sudden weakness
- A slight pressure in the chest, or pressure to the back or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- Heart palpitations
Patients already diagnosed with and receiving treatment for the heart condition known as angina pectoris should seek emergency treatment if they experience a new type of pain, or increased intensity or frequency of pain.
Heart attacks occur when a clot blocks an already-narrowed artery in the heart, cutting off the flow of blood. Fortunately, clot-busting medications, together with inventions such as balloon angioplasty and bypass surgery can help make this condition treatable, as long as treatment is sought immediately.
Symptoms of a Stroke
Call 911 if you experience:
- Weakness in your arm, leg or one side of your body
- A decrease in your level of consciousness
- Difficulty speaking
- Dizziness or convulsions
- Sudden vision loss
The cause of a stroke may be a blood clot or a hemorrhage (bleeding) in the brain. Clot-busting drugs exist for blood clots in the brain, but their effectiveness in preventing damage depends upon the speed with which help is sought. Recovery from a cerebral hemorrhage is directly related to the length of time blood flow to the affected area of the brain is deficient or completely blocked.