If you see an adult or teenager suddenly collapse, no matter his or her age, it is imperative to call 9-1-1 immediately and to perform CPR constantly until medical services arrive. The American Heart Association recommends performing Hands-Only CPR to the disco beat of “Stayin’ Alive.” Doing so can more than double the victim’s chance of survival.
According to Mayo Clinic, heart attack symptoms include a tight ache, pressure, or sensation of squeezing in the chest and discomfort in the chest, shoulders, arm, and back. Heartburn-like pain in the stomach, as well as shortness of breath, anxiety, lightheadedness, and sweating are all further symptoms of a heart attack. Women in particular are more likely to experience symptoms outside the chest area, such as nausea, vomiting, and pain in the neck or jaw, explains the American Heart Association.
If you or someone you are with experiences any of these symptoms for more than 5 minutes, call 9-1-1 immediately.
There are three major symptoms of stroke. These are easily remembered with the acronym “FAST” for Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, and Time to call 9-1-1. The American Stroke Association explains that during a stroke, one side of the face droops or is numb, one arm is weak or numb, and speech is slurred.
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