Majority of the people believe that cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke are the same thing, but they are making a huge mistake. These conditions are related with the heart, but they manifest with different symptoms impact our body differently.It is very important for you to be able to recognize the difference between these conditions in order to seek for adequate medical treatment, or help someone affected by them.
Read on and learn what each of these conditions mean, which are their symptoms and how to handle them properly.
What Each of These Conditions Is Heart Attack
It’s a circulation disorder
Blockage of the blood rich in oxygen at some point of the heart muscle causes dying of the muscle if not restored, which leads to a heart attack.
When heart attack occurs, the heart keeps working.
It’s an “electrical” disorder
When the heart’s electrical activity is disturbed, it will lead to irregular heart beating, and momentary stop of the blood circulation through the whole body. We call this condition a cardiac arrest.
When cardiac arrest happens, the heart stops working.
It’s a brain disorder
There are three kinds of stroke:
- Ischemic stroke: it occurs as a result of blockage of the artery which carries the blood rich in oxygen to the brain.
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA): it is also known as “mini-stroke” and occurs when the artery that carries blood to the brain, stops carrying the blood for a short period of time.
- Hemorrhagic stroke: It occurs as a result of bursting of the artery located in the brain.
Heart Attack Symptoms:
The heart attack manifests through the following symptoms which can be recognized earlier and last for few days:
- Pain in the chest (angina): often diagnosed as heaviness in the middle part of the chest, and mistaken with indigestion. It could appear and disappear in several minutes
- Pain in the body: pain in the neck, back, jaw, abdomen and arms, particularly the left arm
- Shortness of breath and wheezing
- Cold sweat
- Dizziness and headaches
Don’t try to treat these symptoms with home remedies because they are related with the heart.
Cardiac Arrest Symptoms:
Sometimes, the individual who is impacted by an cardiac arrest could feel heart attack alike symptoms several minutes before it happens.
- Ache in the chest
- Shortness of breath
- Excessive palpitation
When cardiac arrest occurs the individual will feel:
- Loss of breath
- Lack of responsiveness
- Unexpected collapse
- Loss of pulse
These symptoms occur unexpectedly and usually are fatal for the individual. People who already survived a heart attack have higher risk of cardiac arrest.
- Forgetting names, places and poor concentration
- Disturbed speech
- Paralysis of the arm, leg and face, usually attacks one side of the body
- Inability to walk, followed with dizziness
- Double and blurred vision
- Puking and headaches
- Intensive sweating
- TIA – transient ischemic attack
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