Difference between Heart attack and a Stroke

BY: The News Voice

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Both heart attack and a stroke happen suddenly and require immediate medical attention

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Both result in the lack of blood flow to a critical body part. The first aid actions may differ but immediate action is necessary.

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Stroke

A stroke occurs when there is a disruption of blood flow to your brain. It could be either because of a blockage or a ruptured blood vessel

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Both instances result in lack of oxygen to the brain. When that happens, the brain cells start dying rapidly.

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Identifying a stroke:

- Facial drooping - Arm weakness - Speech difficulties

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A heart attack occurs when blood flow is restricted from reaching the heart by plaques that develop over time.

Heart Attack

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Heart attacks could happen suddenly or can build steadily over few hours or even days.

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- Chest pain or Tightness - Pain in arm or shoulders - Pain in back, neck or jaw - Shortness of breath - Dizziness or Fainting

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Symptoms:

Prevention is better for both cases, by stress reduction, exercising and healthy diet.

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