How To Get Back In Shape
Warning Signs of
Heart Attack and/or Stroke
Know the warning signs of a medical emergency before you embark on an exercise program. Knowing your
warning signs can help you avoid delays in treatment should you need it. The sooner you get treatment when in
danger, the higher the survival level.
If any of the following signs or symptoms begin before, during or following exercise treat it as if
you have a medical emergency. Call 911 immediately. Learn these signs now to avoid problems in the
- Pain or Pressure: in the chest, back, arm(s), neck, throat, or jaw
- Shortness of Breath, Nausea, Clamminess, Fear
- Sudden: Weakness or Numbness, Trouble Speaking or Seeing, Headache or Dizziness, Confusion,
If someone near you has signs or symptoms of stroke, but denies a problem, ask them to:
S - Smile, then stick out their tongue - look for asymmetry, i.e. whether it is
crooked or not
T - Talk, ask the person to say a a simple sentence. Listen for clarity of sound
R - Raise both Arms, Look for symmetry of motion
If they have problems with any of the above, call the emergency number immediately.
Don't wait until you are having symptoms to read the following sites. Read them now and learn the warning
signs of heart attack and stroke. If you or someone near you feels any of these symptoms, recognize them as a
medical emergency, call 911 fast, (seconds count) note the time, give your location and symptoms. Fast action
saves lives. Maybe your own...
Heart Attack - Signs and
symptoms from the:
DOH, National Institutes of Health, the
National Heart Lung Blood Institute - includes special signs and symptoms for women
Heart and Stroke Foundation - see what
to do after calling 911.
Stroke - Signs and Symptoms from the:
Heart and Stroke Foundation - download
your own emergency wallet card
Even if you are not sure that you are having a heart attack or stroke, it is better to be safe than sorry.
Only a qualified medical professional can diagnose your symptoms. So if you have any of the above symptoms,
Call 911 immediately. Treat it as an emergency because every minute
counts. Learn this NOW because treatment saves lives if given immediately.
Monitor your heart rate while you exercise to keep it in your prescribed target zone.
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