Warning Signs

If you observe any of the signs below, DO NOT WAIT and DO NOT FALL ASLEEP. Call 911 and seek immediate treatment.

Heart Attack
Heart disease is the #1 killer of both men and women in the U.S. Recognizing the warning signs of a heart attack and seeking immediate treatment could save your life.

Know the Warning Signs:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Pain spreading to the shoulders, neck or arm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nausea
  • Indigestion or gas-like pain
  • Unexplainable weakness or fatigue
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Sweating
  • Discomfort or pain between the shoulder blades

More information:

Stroke
Stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts.

Warning Signs of a Stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble 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

Other dangers include:

  • Double vision
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea or vomiting

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital, Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital and Saint Thomas West Hospital are JCAHO Accredited Stroke facilities, specially trained in the fastest, most effective stroke treatments.