Heart Attack and Stroke

Heart Attack & Stroke
Know the Warning Signs

Heart attacks occur when blood flow is extremely reduced or cut off completely to the heart muscle. Blood flow is reduced when there is a build up of plaque in the arteries from fat, cholesterol and other substances.

 

Heart Attack Signs & Symptoms:

  • Chest discomfort: that lasts more than a few minutes or goes away and comes back
  • Discomfort in other areas of the body: pain in one or both arms, the jaw, back, neck or stomach
  • Shortness of breath: with or without chest discomfort
  • Other signs: breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness

 

A stroke will occur when blood flow is cut off to the brain. When blood flow is reduced, the brain cells become deprived of oxygen and begin to die, causing you to lose abilities controlled by the brain such as memory and muscle control.

 

Stroke Signs & Symptoms:

  • Face Drooping: one side of the face with drooping or numbness. Ask them to smile!
  • Arm Weakness: one arm is weak or numb. Ask them to raise both arms—does one drift downward?
  • Speech Difficulty: slurred speech or inability to speak. Difficulty understanding what the person is saying. Ask them to repeat a simple sentence.
  • Time to call 9-1-1: if any of the above signs are exhibited, call 9-1-1 and get them to a hospital immediately (even if the symptoms resolve)

 

At Orianna Health Systems, our center are committed to caring for our patients’ needs and expectations with empathy, compassion, dignity and integrity. If you find yourself needing rehabilitation after a stroke or heart attack, our centers have specialized programs to help improve cardiovascular functions, improve strength, endurance. mobility and activities of daily living. With our variety of treatments and equipment we strive to, if possible, discharge patients to there homes or to a lower level of care.