February Is American Heart Month

Sandra Untch, School Nurse

Heart Attack

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF A HEART ATTACK


  • chest discomfort
  • discomfort in other areas of the upper body, such as, one or both arms, the back, the jaw, neck or stomach
  • shortness of breath
  • may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness
  • Call 911 and get the person to the hospital immediately

Stroke

STROKE WARNING SIGNS



Spot a stroke F.A.S.T.:


- Face Drooping Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile.

- Arm Weakness Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

- Speech Difficulty Is speech slurred, are they unable to speak, or are they hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "the sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?

- Time to call 9-1-1 If the person shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get them to the hospital immediately.

High Blood Pressure

  • Blood pressure measures the force of blood pushing outwards on your arterial walls. It is usually measured as two numbers, such as, 120/80 mm Hg (systolic/diastolic)
  • When your resting blood pressure is consistently 140/90 or greater then you may be diagnosed with high blood pressure by your doctor
  • High blood pressure (HBP), also called hypertension, most of the time has no symptoms
  • Some people do experience headaches, facial flushing or dizziness
  • When HBP goes untreated, it damages arteries and vital organs in our bodies. This is why it is called the "silent killer"
  • The good news is that high blood pressure can be managed through lifestyle changes and prescribed medication!