How can I tell if someone has become suddenly ill?

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  • AAmerican Red Cross answered
    When a person becomes suddenly ill, he or she usually looks and feels sick. Common signs are:
    • Changes in level of consciousness, such as feeling lightheaded, dizzy, drowsy or confused, or becoming unconscious
    • Breathing problems (i.e., trouble breathing or no breathing)
    • Signs of a possible heart attack, including persistent chest pain, discomfort or pressure lasting more than a few minutes that goes away and comes back or that spreads to the shoulder, arm, neck, jaw, stomach, or back
    • Signs of a stroke, including sudden weakness on one side of the face (facial droop), sudden weakness, often on one side of the body, sudden slurred speech or trouble forming words, or a sudden, severe headache.
    • Loss of vision or blurred vision
    • Signs of shock, including rapid breathing, changes in skin appearance, and cool, pale or ashen (grayish) skin
    • Sweating
    • Persistent abdominal pain or pressure
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Seizures
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