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Know the Difference between a heart attack and stroke

Know what is the difference between heart attack and stroke. Recognize the symptoms can help you quickly receive the correct treatment

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A stroke occurs when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain damaging your brain cells and after the damaged within a minute brain cells begin to die. A stroke is a medical emergency, early action can limit brain damage and potential complications. A brain stroke is also called a Brain attack. Stroke is similar to a heart attack; it affects the blood vessel in the brain instead of the heart. A common symptom of a stroke is a sudden and powerful headache.

A heart attack occurs with chest pain. Recognizing the difference between a stroke and a heart attack can help to get the right treatment. Heart attacks are always the result of progressive coronary artery disease (CAD). The arteries that supply blood to the heart gets chocked by plaque which narrows the blood arteries. This condition is called "Atherosclerosis" Blood clot can form when plaque gets free, blocking the flow to your heart. when this situation happens, the heart muscle does not get the oxygen and nutrients that it needs, part of the heart become damaged or die, this is Heart Attack.

Stroke and heart attack occur suddenly. though they two have a few common symptoms and their other symptoms differI

Symptoms of Stroke

The symptoms of stroke and heart attack depend on:

  • The severity of the episode.
  • Your age.
  • Your gender.
  • Your overall health.


Pay attention to these sign and symptoms if think you or someone else is having a stroke.

  • The trouble with speaking and understands - You may slur your words or have difficulty understanding speech.
  • Numbness of the face, arm or leg - A sudden numbness, weakness or paralysis in your face, arm or leg. This softens happens one side of the body.
  • The trouble with seeing by eyes - You will suddenly feel a blurred vision in one or both the eyes. Or you may see double.
  • Headache - A sudden and severe headache, vomiting, dizziness or altered consciousness, may indicate you're having a stroke.
  • The trouble with walking - You will feel sudden dizziness and loss of balance or loss of coordination.

Symptoms of Heart attack

  • Heart attack symptoms come suddenly and intensely. For some people, their pain or pressure build slowly. Men and women can have slightly different signs or feel them in different places.
  • Pain, squeezing, or pressure in your chest, particularly a little to the left side.
  • Pain or pressure in your upper body like your neck, jawline, back, stomach, or in one or both of your arms particularly on left side.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Suddenly sweaty or clammy.
  • vomiting.
  • Lightheaded. The pain lasts for a few minutes. it can get worse with physical activity and stress.

####The risk factor of heart attack and stroke are:

Although the heart attack and stroke are different, the risk factor of both is the same such as:

  • Smoking.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Diabetes.
  • Sedentary lifestyle.
  • Family history.
  • Atrial fibrillation.
  • Obstructive sleep apnea.
  • family history of stroke.
  • heart defects.

Lifestyle risk factors

  • Being overweight.
  • Physical inactivity.
  • Binge drinking.
  • Use drugs such as cocaine and methamphetamines.


If you have Atrial fibrillation you have an increased stroke risk. because your heart doesn’t beat in regular rhythm during Atrial fibrillation. blood can pool in your heart and can form a clot. Poor blood circulation can increase your risk of stroke and heart attack.

Reducing your risk

  • Quit smoking if you smoke.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get plenty of exercises.
  • Control high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Drink alcohol in moderation.
  • Treating obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Avoiding illegal drugs.

What are the Causes?

Stroke causes:

  • Ischemic is the most common type of stroke.
  • A blood clot in an artery within the brain interrupts the blood flow to the brain. This can cause a stroke.
  • The carotid arteries carry blood to the brain. Plaque build-up in a carotid artery can have the same result.

Heart attack causes

Herat attack officers when coronary artery become narrow or blocked that blood flow stops or is severely restricted.

Blockage can happen if a blood clot stops blood flow. if too much cholesterol buildings in the artery to the point which slow down the circulation.

How is a heart attack and a stroke diagnosed?

If you have a stroke symptom your doctor will quick summary of medical history. you will get a CT-Scan of the brain. The CT-scan report will show the bleeding in the brain and the brain area. Your doctor may also order an MRI.

For Heart attack, a different set of tests are done to diagnose a heart attack. your doctor will have to know your medical history and symptoms. the doctor will perform electrocardiogram test to check the health of your heart. Your doctor may perform cardiac catheterization and a blood test that indicates a heart attack. A cardiac catheterization test involves a flexible tube through a blood vessel into a heart to check the blockage.


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