Symptoms of Heart Disease, Heart Attack, and Stroke
A heart attack is a life and death medical emergency. You should call the emergency medical services in your area, usually 911, if you or someone else experiences one or more signs of a heart attack. A heart attack can be fatal, and receiving emergency medical treatment as soon as possible is vital for sustaining life. The more time that passes before a person receives emergency treatment, the more likely a person is to experience permanent heart damage or death.
The symptoms of a stroke begin suddenly. The symptoms may be more severe at the beginning of a stroke. The symptoms may get continually worse or fluctuate for the first couple of days. Some symptoms may go away; however, you should not ignore the signs of a stroke even if your symptoms go away. A stroke is considered complete when the symptoms stop getting worse.
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