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Heart and Brain

Safety Alert

Learn the signs of a stroke and the signs of a heart attack so you can save your own life or the life of a loved one.

Know the signs of stroke:

  • F for Face: is it drooping?
  • A for Arms: Can you raise both?
  • S for Speech: Is it slurred or jumbled?
  • T for Time: Call 9-1-1- right away

If you or someone with you experiences these signs, call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number right away. Acting quickly can improve your survival and recovery.

Know the signs of heart attack:

  • P for Pressure
  • A for Anxiety
  • I for Indigestion
  • N for Nausea of vomiting
  • S for Shortness of breath

If you think you are having a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away.

Source: Heart & Stroke Foundation 2014

What Can Happen?

Diabetes causes the blood vessels in your heart and brain to collect plaque and become narrow. When arteries become narrow due to plaque it is called atherosclerosis.

Over many years, atherosclerosis can cause a heart attack and/or stroke.

What Can I Do?

Take the actions listed below to manage your blood sugar, control your blood pressure and control your cholesterol. These actions can help you avoid a heart attack or stroke.  

Talk to your doctor if you have questions about how to take action.

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Last Reviewed: 10/16/2016