Wyoming Department of Health Issuing Lifesaving Wallet Cards

Because more than half of Wyoming adults don’t recognize heart attack and stroke signs and symptoms, the Wyoming Department of Health’s Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program is providing “wallet cards” to help residents learn more.

Dave Ivester, Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Manager, tells us.

The 2007 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey data shows 59% of adult respondents could not correctly identify the five symptoms of a heart attack, and 51% could not correctly identify the five symptoms of stroke.

Joe Grandpre, Wyoming Department of Health chronic disease section chief, noted in Wyoming heart disease is the number one killer of adults, stroke is the number four killer and stroke is the number one cause of permanent disability.

The five major signs and symptoms for a heart attack are:

Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back; feeling weak, light-headed, or faint; chest pain or discomfort; pain or discomfort in arms or shoulder; shortness of breath.

The five major signs and symptoms of a stroke are:

Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg; sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others; sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes; sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination; sudden severe headache with no known cause.

To request wallet cards or for more information about the Wyoming Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Program, email dave.ivester@health.wyo.gov or calling 307-777-3732.

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