Our bodies become more susceptible to various health conditions, including our cardiovascular system as we age. We eventually become more susceptible to heart attacks, strokes, and cardiac arrest. 

It is always important to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of these conditions and to seek medical attention as soon they present themselves. 

In this resource, we’ll outline the symptoms of heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest symptoms (as detailed by heart.org

Heart Attacks: 

Also known as myocardial infarction, heart attacks occur when the heart’s blood flow to is blocked, most likely by a blood clot. This can cause damage to the heart muscle and can be life-threatening. 

It is imperative to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of a heart attack. Some symptoms include:

  1. Chest pain or discomfort: This is the most common symptom of a heart attack. It may feel like pressure, tightness, or squeezing in the chest. The discomfort may also be present in the arms, back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  2. Shortness of breath: May occur with or without chest pain.
  3. Nausea or vomiting: Sweating, lightheadedness, or fainting may also occur with these symptoms.
  4. Cold sweat: This may occur suddenly.
  5. Fatigue: As with cold sweats, this may occur for no apparent reason.

Note: Not all heart attacks have the same symptoms, and some people may not have any symptoms at all. If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms listed in the paragraph above,  immediately call 911 and seek medical attention.


Strokes occur when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, either by a blood clot or a ruptured blood vessel- either of which can cause brain cells to die, leading to permanent brain damage, or even death. Below are some common warning signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  1. Numbness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
  2. Confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
  3. Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
  4. Loss of balance or coordination.
  5. The sudden onset of a severe headache with no known cause.


Cardiac Arrest

When somebody is experiencing the following symptoms:

  1. Sudden collapse (or a sudden loss of coordination)
  2. No pulse 
  3. No signs of breathing

There is a very high chance that they are under cardiac arrest. 

If you suspect someone is in cardiac arrest, call 911 immediately.

Recognizing the warning signs and symptoms of heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest and subsequently seeking immediate medical attention is crucial and can potentially save a life.  Our highly trained staff at Jolla Nurses Home Care recognize these signs and understand the importance of providing quality care for seniors. We are committed to ensuring their safety and well-being of all of our patients. If you or a loved one require our in-home care services, please contact us to schedule a consultation.