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Older Adults

Statistically, older adults face greater risks of fall-related injuries, heart disease and stroke. The Valley Regional Fire Authority would like to encourage you to take steps to reduce your risk of falling and recognize the symptoms of heart attacks and strokes.

Falls

You can significantly reduce your risk for falls by staying fit, making sure your home environment is hazard free and asking your physician to review your medications on a regular basis. Click on the brochure below for more information.

Heart Attack

A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery, carrying blood to the muscles of the heart, is blocked. This usually happens in places where the arteries are narrow due to fat and plaque build up. Risk factors for heart attack include advanced age, heredity, history of smoking, high blood pressure, excess body fat, high cholesterol and inactivity.

If you or someone you know experiences heart attack symptoms, call 911 immediately! Heart attack symptoms may include some or all of the following:

  • Uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, or pain in the center of the chest
  • Discomfort or pain in one or both arms, back, neck, jaw or stomach
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cold sweat, nausea, light-headed

Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood vessels carrying blood to the brain rupture or are blocked. Risk factors for stroke include advanced age, heredity, prior stroke, history of smoking, diabetes, heart disease, and history of alcohol abuse.

Get help right away by calling 911 if you or someone you know experiences any of the following stroke symptoms:

  • Sudden, unexplained weakness or numbness on one side of the body
  • Sudden loss of vision or dimness, particularly in one eye
  • Difficulty speaking, slurring or trouble understanding others
  • Sudden, severe headache with no apparent cause
  • Dizziness, sudden falling

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