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Act Fast During a Heart Attack or Stroke

kids performing cpr with paramedic
Hands-only CPR: Interlace your fingers and push hard and fast 100 times per minute in the centre of the chest. Don't be afraid to apply pressure.

Every year Peel Paramedics get thousands of calls for patients who suffer symptoms of heart attack and stroke - many wait too long to call 911.

According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, heart disease and stroke take one life every seven minutes and 90% of Canadians have at least one risk factor.

As part of Heart month in February, Peel Regional Paramedic Services wants people to know the signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke and act quickly when you see them:

  1. Call 911
  2. Start CPR (if the person isn't responding to you or has stopped breathing)

 

If you experience the following symptoms, call 911:

Heart Attack Symptoms Stroke Warning Signs
Chest discomfort - pain that may feel like burning, squeezing, heaviness, tightness or pressure Weakness - Sudden loss of strength or sudden numbness in the face, arm or leg, even if temporary.
Upper body discomfort - pain that may be in the chest, neck, jaw, shoulder, arms or back Trouble speaking - Sudden difficulty speaking or understanding or sudden confusion, even if temporary.
Shortness of breath - difficulty breathing Vision problems - Sudden trouble with vision, even if temporary.
Nausea - indigestion and/or vomiting Headache - Sudden severe and unusual headache.
Sweating - cool, clammy skin Dizziness - Sudden loss of balance, especially with any of the above signs.
Light-headedness  

Learn and do CPR
Eighty percent of cardiac arrests in Canada take place at home. If CPR is performed within the first few minutes, it can increase survival and recovery by 30% or more.

Hands-only CPR
Using only your hands, you can perform CPR well enough to keep someone's blood flowing until paramedics arrive.

  1. Check to see if the person is responding to you or breathing
  2. Call 911
  3. Interlace your fingers and push hard and fast 100 times per minute in the centre of the chest. Don't be afraid to apply pressure.

To learn more about how to receive CPR certification or about CPR courses, please visit the following organizations:

 

In an emergency, always call 9-1-1


Revised: Tuesday February 12 2013

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