Difference between Heart attack and a Stroke
BY: The News Voice
Both heart attack and a stroke happen suddenly and require immediate medical attention
Both result in the lack of blood flow to a critical body part. The first aid actions may differ but immediate action is necessary.
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
Both instances result in lack of oxygen to the brain. When that happens, the brain cells start dying rapidly.
Identifying a stroke:
- Facial drooping - Arm weakness - Speech difficulties
A heart attack occurs when blood flow is restricted from reaching the heart by plaques that develop over time.
Heart attacks could happen suddenly or can build steadily over few hours or even days.
- Chest pain or Tightness - Pain in arm or shoulders - Pain in back, neck or jaw - Shortness of breath - Dizziness or Fainting
Prevention is better for both cases, by stress reduction, exercising and healthy diet.