This might save your life if you can remember THREE questions to pin down Heart Attack Symptoms or symptoms of a stroke! Because symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify, many victims suffer permanent brain damage simply because they are miss diagnosed as heart attack symptoms. It was discovered that any bystander can recognize facial weakness, arm weakness and speech problems which could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of a stroke and prevent serious brain damage by asking these THREE questions:
– Ask the individual to smile.
– Ask him or her to raise both arms.
– Ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 9-1-1 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
By Stephanie Trelogan, Caring.com senior editor
A heart attack happens when blood flow to part of the heart is blocked or severely restricted. If the blood flow is cut off for more than a few minutes, the muscle cells begin to die from lack of oxygen. Heart attack has a number of causes–here are the three major ones: