Heart Attack and Stroke Warning Signs

Early Heart Attack Care

We encourage everyone to recognize the early signs of a heart attack and respond. If you notice one or more of the symptoms of heart attack below, call 9-1-1 immediately!

Who's at Risk for Heart Attack?

Some heart disease risk factors cannot be changed, including age and heredity. The more of the following risk factors you have, the greater your risk of heart disease and heart attack. Talk with your doctor about your heart disease and heart attack risks.

  • Previous heart attack, angina, angioplasty or bypass surgery
  • Family history: Father or brother diagnosed before age 55; Mother or sister diagnosed before age 65
  • Age: Men 45 years and older; Women 55 years and older
  • Smoking
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Blood Cholesterol
  • Overweight
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Diabetes

How to Spot a Stroke

If you notice one or more of the symptoms of a stroke below, call 9-1-1 immediately!


B = Balance: Does the person have a sudden loss of balance or coordination?
= Eyes: Do they have sudden double vision, or loss of vision in one or both eyes?
F = Face: Is one side of the face drooping? Ask the person to smile.
A = Arms: Can they keep their arms up, or does one arm drift down?
S = Speech: Do they suddenly have difficulty speaking or is their speech slurred?
T = Time to act! If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1.

Signs and symptoms of stroke include sudden:

  • Numbness, weakness or paralysis of your face, arm or leg (usually on one side of the body)
  • Difficulty speaking or understanding speech
  • Blurred, double or decreased vision
  • Dizziness, loss of balance or loss of coordination
  • Confusion or problems with memory, spatial orientation or perception

Why is Prevention so Important?

Prevention is truly the most cost-effective form of care and your action can save a life. This is also why we offer a variety of programs in education, exercise and assessment to reduce the rate of cardiovascular disease and mortality for residents of northeast and north central Nebraska. Our prevention programs include:

  • Community health fair assessments
  • Healthcare professional lecture programs and symposiums
  • Community awareness campaigns
  • Go Red For Women
  • Exercise fitness
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation
  • Hands-Only CPR classes for patients and their families
Learn more from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care at www.scpcp.org.