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Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center

The Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center is dedicated to supporting the health education needs of the community. An annual benefit funds the Resource Center as well as the Living in the Future (LIFE) Cancer Survivorship Program, including sponsorship of the Myra Rubenstein Weis Cancer Survivorship Seminars.

Located at Highland Park Hospital, the Resource Center is a private place to obtain information when making healthcare decisions.

Visitors are welcome to stop by to browse our collection and enjoy our relaxing environment between appointments or during other idle time in the hospital.

Our personal, confidential assistance is available free of charge to help you find the health information you need. Our hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request services, call the Resource Center Coordinator at 847.480.2727 or email mrwresource@northshore.org.


In the Spotlight: Heart Attack & Stroke

What a Heart Attack or Stroke Can Feel Like

Heart attack and stroke are life-threatening emergencies and anyone experiencing symptoms should immediately call 911.

Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or that goes away and comes back. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain. Other symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath or breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or lightheadedness. Warning signs of stroke can include face drooping, an arm or leg that is weak or numb and inability to speak clearly. Other signs can include a sudden severe headache with no known cause and sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes. Here, heart attack and stroke survivors describe how they felt when they experienced their symptoms:

  • Truck on chest
  • Breathing through a straw
  • Knife in back of skull
  • Rainbow-like kaleidoscope
  • Mammogram on the chest
  • Lights went off in the eyes
  • Head exploded
  • Gears grinding in chest
  • Flu
  • Elephant sitting on my chest
  • Intense heartburn
  • Arms felt like bowling balls

What EXACTLY is a Stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No.5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (or ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and brain cells die.

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