BE INFORMED: You Must Know The Differences Between Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest and Stroke!!,

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According to some people stroke, heart attack, and cardiac arrest are one and the same thing. These conditions differ in symptoms, background, and severity. It is important to know the differences between the conditions, know how to help a patient, and avert any of the conditions from becoming more serious.

Heart attack
It refers to a circulation disorder and if the blood flow is blocked or deprived of oxygen, the blood will not reach the heart muscle and can kill the organ if not promptly treated. The heart still functions once a person suffers a heart attack.
It is manifested through these symptoms:
  • Shallow breathing and wheezing;
  • Body pain, especially in the neck, jaw, arms, abdomen, and back;
  • Chest pain (it is often mistaken for indigestion) which repeats every few minutes;
  • Dizziness and fatigue episodes;
  • Anxiety;
  • Nausea;
  • Cold sweating
The symptoms are treatable with meds and a healthy diet.

Cardiac arrest
When there is a disruption of electrical activity in the heart, tachycardia takes place and the blood flow stops moving through the body instantly. The heart stops working altogether when this happens

The patient may experience these symptoms minutes before the cardiac arrest:
  • Blackout;
  • Fainting;
  • Weakness;
  • Excessive palpitation;
  • Shallow breaths;
  • Chest pain;
  • Shortage of breath;
  • Weak or no pulse;
  • Little or no responsiveness;
  • Sudden collapse.
The symptoms occur rapidly and are mostly lethal.

This is also referred as brain disorder, and stroke is divided into 3 types:
  • Hemorrhagic stroke – it represents a raptured artery in the brain;
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA) – it occurs when there is a short artery blood flow to the brain;
  • Ischemic stroke – it happens when the artery oxygen supply and blood to the brain are blocked.
These are the symptoms of a stroke:
  • Mental disorientation, distraction, forgetfulness of places and names, and concentration loss;
  • Excessive sweating;
  • Numbness in the face, les, or arms, or paralysis (particularly on one side);
  • Vomiting and headache;
  • Nausea;
  • Blurred speech;
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA);
  • Impaired vision and double vision;
  • Problems walking and dizziness.

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