Warning Signs for Strokes and Heart Attacks
Call 911 immediately if you or someone around you is experiencing any of these symptoms:
Heart Attack Warning Signs:
- Uncomfortable pressure, fullness, squeezing or pain in the center of the chest lasting more than a few minutes.
- Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arms.
- Chest discomfort with lightheadedness, fainting, sweating, nausea or shortness of breath.
Stroke Warning Signs:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body.
- Sudden dimness or loss of vision, particularly in one eye.
- Loss of speech or trouble talking or understanding speech.
- Sudden, severe headaches with no apparent cause.
- Unexplained dizziness, unsteadiness or sudden falls, especially along with any of the previous symptoms.
Not all of these signs occur in every attack. If you notice one or more of these signs, don’t wait. Get medical help right away!
Did you know?
- Children are poisoned by medicines and household products, lead and carbon monoxide.
- Children ages five and under are at the greatest risk for non-fatal poisoning.
- Store all medications and household products locked out of sight and out of reach of children.
- List the Poison Control Center and emergency medical numbers near every telephone.
- Keep Ipecac syrup on hand to be used only on the advice of the Poison Control Center or a physician.
- Test children for lead exposure, and test homes built prior to 1978 for lead-based paint. Cover lead paint with sealant or hire a professional abatement company to remove the paint.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home in every bedroom and on the ceiling at least fifteen feet from fuel-burning appliances. Ensure that all heating equipment is vented properly and inspected annually.
The Delta Township Fire Department has provided several articles to assist you in planning safe activities for your family. Please click on the links below and look at information that will assist you in becoming better prepared to avoid emergencies. Safety must always be everyone’s first priority.