The recent death of Kidd Kraddick, a nationally syndicated radio show host, sent shockwaves across his home turf in the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and rever- berated from coast to coast amongst his many national listeners. The verdict of his untimely death: serious heart disease. According to news reports, Kraddick was experiencing some of the warning signs shortly before his passing.
Do you know the warning signs of heart attack?
Warning Signs for Heart Attack (Source: American Heart Association)
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, obvious to everyone what is hap- pening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren’t sure what’s wrong and wait too long before getting help. Symptoms:
- Chest discomfort. Most heart attacks involve 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 lightheadedness.
Warning Signs for Stroke – F.A.S.T. (Source: American Stroke Association) F.A.S.T. is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of stroke:
- Face Drooping. Does one side of the face droop or is it numb? Ask the person to smile. Is the person's smile uneven?
- Arm Weakness. Is one arm weak or numb? Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift down- ward?
- Speech Difficulty. Is speech slurred? Is the person unable to speak or hard to understand? Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence, like "The sky is blue." Is the sentence repeated correctly?
- Time to call 9-1-1. If someone shows any of these symptoms, even if the symptoms go away, call 9-1-1 and get the person to the hospital immediately. Check the time so you'll know when the first symptoms appeared.
We encourage you to take your health –and the health of your loved ones—into your own hands. You can start by visiting the websites of the American Heart Association, www.heart.org, and the American Stroke Association, www.strokeassociation.org, to learn more about heart disease and strokes, symptoms, understanding risks and prevention.