Go Red for Women – Heart Attack vs. Stroke

February is all about the heart and the Go Red for Women campaign is about bringing awareness about heart disease and stroke.  Do you know the difference between a heart attack and stroke? Let’s take a look.

Heart Attack Stroke
Blocked blood flow to the heart Blocked blood flow to the brain
Symptoms and warning signs: Symptoms and warning signs:
  Chest discomfort   Sudden numbness or weakness of the face,  arm or leg, esp. on one side
  Discomfort in other areas of the upper body   Sudden confusion, trouble speaking
  Shortness of breath   Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  Breaking out in a cold sweat   Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  Nausea or lightheadedness   Sudden, severe headache with no cause



Every minute counts!  Call 911 immediately.  ….next blog – Risk Factors you CAN change.


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