Just a Little Heart Attack

My in-laws (who are great, by the way – I’m lucky) were visiting recently, and my health-conscious mother-in-law mentioned she was going to email me a short and funny video clip about someone getting a heart attack.

HUH?!  How can a video clip about a heart attack be funny?

But she was right, it is kind of funny.  And it’s well done, though it too closely represents the morning chaos in my house.  So check it out below.  It was created by the talented Elizabeth Banks, and is worth a few minutes of your time.

If you’re a parent, and even if you’re not, you may be used to putting the needs of others ahead of your own.   Especially in the midst of chaos.  And because of that, you may not pay attention to telling physical warning signs.

So here’s some important information on heart attack and stroke warning signs, which I got from a handy wallet card from the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation:

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack
(NOT just the left-arm pain they used to portray in movies)

– Chest discomfort
– Discomfort in other areas of the upper body (neck, jaw, shoulders, arm, back)
– Shortness of breath
– Sweating
– Nausea
– Light-headedness

If you or another person experience the above, call 9-1-1.  By reacting quickly, you can greatly improve chances of survival and recovery.

(Note: you do not have to be experiencing all of these symptoms to seek help)!

Warning Signs of a Stroke

– Weakness (sudden loss of strength or numbness in face, arm or leg, even if temporary)
– Trouble speaking (or sudden confusion)
– Vision problems
– Headache (sudden and severe/unusual)
– Dizziness

The same applies here: if you or another person are experiencing the above, call 9-1-1. 

Stay healthy and know the warning signs!

On another note:
A couple of days ago, Ida Mae West-Simone, talented and insightful blogger at A Vision For Our Kids, wrote a post titled We’re Different, We’re the Same: Showing Equality to Little Ones. One small step toward banishing bullying.  In it she refers to my post Childhood Lessons on World Peace, and talks about an important step we can take towards ending the cruelty of bullying.  Check it out!



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Ida Mae November 18, 2012 at 4:18 pm

That video is HILARIOUS! And it reminds me of myself a few years ago, and a number of my friends today. Humour is such a great way to get a message across – I’ll never forget this one. Thank you Christine, another fabulous post!


christineonthebrighterside November 20, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks so much, Ida Mae! Oh, I can’t tell you how much it reminds me of my household in the morning! And although it’s a disturbing message, it’s such an important one. I agree with you, humour is such a great way to communicate it.

Thanks for commenting!


Christine November 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm

My friend sent me this video a little while ago and it IS funny (I love Elizabeth Banks). I love that you followed it up with some tips that are useful to all of us.


christineonthebrighterside November 27, 2012 at 9:44 am

Thanks Christine! I love this video (and Elizabeth Banks too!), but also found it so disturbing. I could just imagine how I (and others too) would ignore important symptoms while pushing through the day…


Ida Mae November 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

That’s a very good point. So many of us are guilty of taking care of everyone else ahead of ourselves and it often takes someone else or a health emergency to get us take notice. Why are we so…human????


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