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HEALTH AND SAFETY TIPS

Heart Attack Warning Signs:

Although some heart attack signs and symptoms are obvious, many times the person who is experiencing a heart attack is not sure what's happening and waits too long to seek help. The following are some of the signs that may 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 may feel like an uncomfortable pressure, fullness or squeezing sensation in the upper body. Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach are common.

Shortness of Breath: This often appears along with chest discomfort, but it can occur before discomfort begins.

Other Signs:
Cold sweat, lightheadedness or nausea.

If you or someone you're with experiences chest discomfort, particularly with one or more of the other signs listed above, do not wait longer than 5 minutes before calling 911 for help.

Stroke Warning Signs:

A stroke strikes someone every 45 seconds and kills more women than men annually. Even if the stroke does not kill you, the effects can be devastating. You may experience problems walking, talking, reading or eating, in addition to other physical or mental disabilities. Sometimes people recover with therapy but many do not.

Time lost is brain function lost in a stroke emergency! Every minute you wait to get help, more brain cells die. There is a window of only 3 hours after the onset of symptoms to get to a hospital to be assessed as a candidate for a clot-busting drug that may hep reduce the devastating effects of many strokes.

Learn to recognize the following signs of a stroke and call 911 immediately if you or someone else experiences any of these signs:

* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, particularly on one side of the body
* Sudden confusion, difficulty 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

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