Know Your Risks
Know the signs of a heart attack or stroke.
Time is brain.
What is a stroke?
A stroke, also known as a brain attack or cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when blood flow to a specific area in your brain is disrupted or reduced. When this happens, part of your brain cannot get the blood or oxygen it needs, which can cause your brain cells to die.
Time is heart.
What is a heart attack?
A heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction, happens most often when your heart muscles are damaged or destroyed by a lack of oxygen-rich blood.
Signs you may be having a stroke:
Remember the acronym F.A.S.T
- F-Face drooping or numbing
- A-Arm weakness
- S-Speech difficulty
- T-Time to call 9-1-1
Other symptoms that may occur
- Blurry vision in one or both eyes
- Difficulty walking or falling
- Sudden confusion
- Sudden severe headache with no known cause
If you are currently experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, dial 911 immediately. Every minute counts. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
What are the main causes of a stroke?
- A blocked artery
- A leaking or burst blood vessel
What are the main causes of a heart attack?
- Coronary artery disease – a fatty deposit (plaque) has either built up or broken off and formed a clot in at least one of your coronary arteries.
Talk to your ProMedica physician about your heart and mental health.
ProMedica Toledo Hospital is now a certified Comprehensive Stroke Center.