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You Must Know The Differences Between A Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest And Stroke

Many people aren’t aware of the difference between ‘heart attack’, ‘stroke’, and ‘cardiac arrest’. They consider them the same thing, but that is not true. All of them are related to the heart, but still, they appear from different reason, have different symptoms, and influence on our body.


It is really important to distinguish these terms so that you can try and find the proper treatment for them.

Heart attack is a circulation disorder

When a blood flow rich in oxygen has a blockage and can’t come to a certain part of the heart muscle, it can cause muscle death which later leads to heart attack.

When someone has a heart attack, the heart beats unstoppably.

Cardiac arrest is an ‘electrical’ disorder

If chaos in the electrical activity of the heart occurs, then it leads to improper heartbeats and the process of blood pumping through the entire body is stopped. This is known as cardiac arrest.

At the time of cardiac arrest, the beatings of the heart stop completely.

Stroke is a brain disorder

There are 3 types of stroke:
  • Ischemic stroke, which occurs as a result of an artery blockage which is responsible for transporting the blood rich in oxygen to the brain.
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA), which is known as a mini-stroke and it occurs as a result of a temporal stopping of the artery responsible for carrying the blood which the brain has to transport.
  • Hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs as a result of a rupture of an artery inside the brain.
Heart Attack Symptoms:

These are the symptoms which occur either on the early or on the last few days before the heart attack:
  • Chest pain (angina) is often confused with indigestion and it is known as a burden in the middle of the chest. It occurs and disappears within a couple of minutes.
  • Aches in the body, a pain in the back, abdomen, neck, jaw, arms (the left one)
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Developed anxiety
  • Cold sweating
  • Coughing
  • Nausea
  • Sensations of dizziness and faintness
These symptoms are not related to the digestive or some other system, but to the heart, so they can’t be treated with medications or home remedies.

Cardiac Arrest Symptoms:

People experiencing a cardiac attack can feel symptoms similar to those of heart attack:
  • Blackout
  • Chest pain
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Extreme palpitation
  • Shortness of breath
In most of the cases, the person also experiences:
  • Loss of breath
  • Loss of pulse
  • Lack of responsiveness
  • Sudden collapse
Unfortunately, these symptoms often result in instant death. People who experienced a heart attack are at higher risk of experiencing a cardiac arrest.

Stroke Symptoms:
  • Disrupted speech
  • Headaches and vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Blurred vision, double seeing
  • Numbness or paralysis of the face, leg or arm, on one side particularly
  • Excessive sweating
  • Mental confusion (forgetting places and names, inability to follow a conversation)
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)
  • Inability to walk, along with dizziness