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Symptoms of Heart Attacks
Often, there are no symptoms of the underlying disease of the blood vessels. A heart attack or stroke may be the first warning of underlying disease. Symptoms of a heart attack include: 

• Pain or discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or goes away and comes back (pain can manifest as an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing or fullness)
• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the shoulders, elbows, jaw, neck, back or stomach
• Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
• Feeling sick or vomiting
• Feeling light-headed or faint
• Breaking into a cold sweat
• Becoming pale

As with men, the most common heart attack symptom in women is chest pain or discomfort. But it’s important to note that women are more likely to experience the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting and back or jaw pain.

Symptoms of Strokes   
The most common symptom of a stroke is sudden weakness of the face, arm, or leg, most often on one side of the body. Other symptoms include sudden onset of: 

• Numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
• Confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech
• Difficulty seeing with one or both eyes
• Difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
• Severe headache with no known cause
• Fainting or unconsciousness

What to do during a heart attack or Stroke
If you experience any of these signs or symptoms mentioned above:

• Do not wait to call for help!
• Dial 140 (Lebanese Red Cross) IMMEDIATELY
• Make sure to follow the operator’s instructions and get to a hospital right away
• Do not drive yourself or have someone drive you to the hospital unless you have no other choice
• Try to stay as calm as possible and take deep, slow breaths while you wait for the emergency responders