Hospitals are seeing fewer heart attack and stroke patients, but that doesn’t necessarily correlate with fewer people needing treatment.
During the summer, emergency room visits decreased 42% compared to the same period last year.
The American Heart Association is trying to raise awareness and has started a new campaign called Don’t Die of Doubt. The CEOs of hospitals in northeastern Florida are asking people not to ignore the dangerous symptoms that could lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Heart disease is still the number one killer of men and women, and there are some symptoms you shouldn̵
Ansley Lee, AHA vice president of Health Strategies, said the message is clear.
“The purpose of ‘Don’t Die of Doubt’ is that heart and stroke symptoms are also urgent and the hospital is always the safest place to go, so if you’re experiencing these symptoms don’t hesitate to call 911 and don’t do it “Don’t stay at home,” Lee said. ” Heart attacks and strokes don’t stay home, so you shouldn’t either. Don’t avoid the emergency room for anxiety. Just don’t die of doubt. “
There are some symptoms that should trigger a 911 call.
Heart attack symptoms:
- Chest discomfort
- Pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
- Shortness of breath
- A cold sweat, nausea or dizziness
Stroke Symptoms: Use the acronym FAST
- F.ace falling on one side or numb
- Aweakness rm
- S.stimulated speech
- T.ime to call 911
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