Heart Attack Warning Signs

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense -- the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help. Here are signs that can mean a heart attack is happening:

*Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.   
* Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.   
* Shortness of breath. May occur with or without chest discomfort.  
* Other signs: These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness 

If you or someone you're with has chest discomfort, especially with one or more of the other signs, don't wait longer than a few minutes (no more than 5) before calling for help. Call 9-1-1... Get to a hospital right away.

Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services staff can begin treatment when they arrive -- up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. The 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.

If you can't access the emergency medical services (EMS), have someone drive you to the hospital right away. If you're the one having symptoms, don't drive yourself, unless you have absolutely no other option. 

Stroke Warning Signs

* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body   
* Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding   
* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes   
* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination   
* Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you or someone with you has one or more of these signs, don't delay! Immediately call 9-1-1 or the emergency medical services (EMS) number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. Also, check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared. It's very important to take immediate action. If given within three hours of the start of symptoms, a clot-busting drug can reduce long-term disability for the most common type of stroke.

Cardiac arrest strikes immediately and without warning. Here are the signs:

* Sudden loss of responsiveness. No response to gentle shaking.
* No normal breathing. The victim does not take a normal breath when you check for several seconds.
* No signs of circulation. No movement or coughing.

If cardiac arrest occurs, call 9-1-1 and begin CPR immediately. If an automated external defibrillator (AED) is available and someone trained to use it is nearby, involve them.

AEDs Save Lives

The current national survival rate for Sudden Cardiac Arrest is less than five percent.

The likelihood of successful resuscitation decreases by about 10% with every minute that passes.

An additional 40,000 lives could be saved each year in the U.S. alone with widespread access to defibrillators.

Taking Wellnes to Heart is using your donations to supply AEDs to high traffic public and private facilities to increase your chance of survival. Click the link above to help us purchase this life saving technology today!

Lead the Well-Equipped Life
When Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) strikes, the electrical system of the heart short circuits, causing the heart to quiver rather than pump in a normal rhythm.  It typically results in the abnormal heart rhythm known as ventricular fibrillation (VF).  It usually happens without warning and the majority of people have no previously recognized symptoms of heart disease. SCA most often happens at home. For the best chance of survival, a defibrillator should be used within 5 minutes. Yet, less than 5% survive largely because a defibrillator does not arrive in time.

Although a defibrillator will not save every person who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest, many lives could be saved if more people could be reached more quickly.

HeartStart was designed with you in mind.
This award-winning device has been designed for virtually anyone to help save the life of a person who suffers a sudden cardiac arrest.

Like other pieces of safety equipment, you buy HeartStart hoping that you never have to use it. Yet in that moment you need it, HeartStart must be ready. It performs comprehensive daily self-tests. You can check its status at a glance.

Clear, calm voice instructions talk you through each step
HeartStart senses and adapts the instructions based on your actions
Using sophisticated technology, HeartStart quickly decides whether a shock is necessary. It is designed to deliver a shock only if needed
HeartStart will coach you through the steps of CPR

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