Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack

and Stroke


Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention


In Kansas, more than half of the Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) deaths and nearly half of the stroke deaths occur before patients reach a hospital, clinic, or other medical facility. Substantial advancement has been made in the diagnosis and treatment modalities for CHD and stroke over the last decade. Timely utilization of these diagnostic techniques and treatment advancements can lead to an increased chance of survival for an individual suffering from heart attack or stroke. Prompt access and receipt of these advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities depends, to some extent, on the early recognition of the symptoms of heart attack or stroke and taking immediate action by calling emergency services (9-1-1 services). Thus, it is very important to know all signs/symptoms of heart attack and stroke so as to take immediate action to seek medical attention.

Signs and Symptoms of Heart Attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Pain or discomfort in neck, jaw or back
  • Pain or discomfort in arm or shoulder
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness, lightheadedness, faintness, cold sweats

Signs and Symptoms of Stroke:

  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking
  • Sudden numbness/weakness of face, arm (one or both), or leg (one or both)
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble in walking, dizziness, loss of balance and coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause