Colleton County Fire-Rescue
Chest Pain and Stroke
The following information is from the American Heart
Association (AHA) and can be found at
What is a heart attack?
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain. Learn about the warning signs of heart attack in women.
Learn the signs, but remember this: Even if you're not sure it's a heart attack, have it checked out (tell a doctor about your symptoms). Minutes matter! Fast action can save lives — maybe your own. Don't wait more than five minutes to call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number. Watch this animation of a heart attack.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving
treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when
they arrive — up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by
car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped.
Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster
treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport
to the emergency department.
Related videos:Heart Attack - Warning Signs (opens in new window)
What is Stroke?
, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.
What are the warning signs of a stroke?
THINK YOU ARE HAVING A STROKE? CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY!
F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of
stroke. When you can spot the signs,
Arm Weakness – Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
Speech Difficulty – Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
Time to call 9-1-1 – If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
It's not just a man's disease. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and
stroke. But it can be prevented.
Every minute in the United States, someone's wife, mother, daughter or sister dies from heart disease, stroke or another form of cardiovascular disease (CVD). More than one in three women is living with CVD, including nearly half of all African-American women and 34 percent of white women. Although heart disease death rates among men have declined steadily over the last 25 years, rates among women have fallen at a slower rate.
More information is available from www.goredforwomen.org
This short video, starring and directed by Emmy-nominated actress Elizabeth
Banks, from GoRedForWomen is a story about a super mom who takes care of
everyone except herself.|
Do you know what to do if a teenager or adult collapses and stops breathing? Did
you know that you can more than double or triple a person's chances of
surviving sudden cardiac arrest by performing Hands-Only CPR?
Watch this video to learn more.
If you have a heart attack in Colleton County, what
The video below explains the answer to this question.
BACK TO HOME