Know the Signs of Heart Attack and Stroke
Call 911 for emergency ambulance transport to the Hospital.
Stroke: Call 911
If you think you may be having a stroke emergency, call 911 immediately.
Do not wait! People who are having a stroke and who are treated within the first three hours after the first signs of a stroke have a better chance of surviving and avoiding long-term disability. Look for these signs of stroke, then act FAST:
- Facial Weakness - Can you smile? Has your mouth or eye drooped?
- Arm Weakness - Can you raise both arms?
- Speech Problems - Can you speak clearly? Do other people understand you?
- Take Action - Call 911 and tell the operator at what time you started noticing these signs. Every minute matters!
Chest Pain: Call 911
If you are having chest pain, do not ignore it. Heart attacks are not always easy to detect - they start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort in the chest. Know the signs:
- Chest discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness, or pain.
- Discomfort in other areas of the upper body. Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
- Shortness of breath with or without chest discomfort.
- Other signs may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or feeling light-headed.
As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. However, women are more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms - particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
If you have these symptoms, call 911. Do not wait! People who arrive by ambulance receive treatment faster and have a better chance of survival than those people who walk into an emergency room with the symptoms.
If your emergency is less urgent and you intend to drive to New York Methodist, we are located at: 506 Sixth Street, between 7th and 8th Avenues. The entrance to the Emergency Room is on the corner of 7th Avenue and 6th Street.
Click here for more information on our Emergency Room services.