You NEED To Know These Differences Between A Heart Attack, Stroke And Cardiac Arrest
In today's fast world we always seem to be on the run. Running from one deadline to another. Trying to make ends meet without letting everything fall apart makes life seem like an endless wheel. We could be compared to the hamsters running on their wheels, trying to get somewhere and failing to do so. In such a world it is as good as impossible to find time to eat "healthy" and "exercise".
In such conditions it is no surprise that the number of people suffering from heart disease is increasing every day. Our busy lives have us eating food on the go i.e - eating fast food. While unhealthy that is the only type of food we can spare time for during the week. Even without the problem of eating healthy the hamster wheels we all run on may never slow down. So what do we do? We arm ourselves with knowledge.
This article contains the key to helping yourself and others in the event of a heart problem. If you ever find yourself or a friend experiencing any of these symptoms you will know just what to do. Go to the next page to know more.
#4 Heart Attacks
To battle the problem it is essential to know what you are facing. We start off the list by the most common heart problem faced today - a heart attack.
A heart attack happens when oxygenated blood stops pumping into the heart. Because of blocked arteries in your heart the flow of blood is hindered and some of your muscles are cut off from all that oxygen rich blood. If immediate action isn't taken those muscles might even die. These are a few signs that will tell you whether or not you are suffering from a heart attack.
-Aches in the body: pain in the neck, abdomen, back, jaw, and arms, especially the left one.
-Shortness of breath and wheezing
-Pain in chest (angina)
The best and most effective way to prevent a heart attack is by eating a healthy diet, regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking. The flow of blood is not stopped during a heart attack. Go to the next page to find out how a heart attack differs from a cardiac arrest.
#3 Cardiac Arrest
A cardiac arrest takes place when your heart suddenly and unexpectedly stops beating. Unlike a heart attack under cardiac arrest blood stops flowing to the brain and other vital organs. To understand a cardiac arrest better you need to know that the heart has an electrical system that controls the rate and rhythm of the heartbeat. Problems with the heart's electrical system can cause irregular heartbeats called arrhythmias. The telltale signs of cardiac arrest are:
-Pain in the chest
-Shortness of breath
Most people who have undergo cardiac arrest die from it. Rapid treatment of it with a defibrillator can be the only way to save that persons life. Go to the next page to see just how a cardiac arrest differs from a stroke.
A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of flow of blood to the brain or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain. Three different types of strokes exist.First there's the ischemic stroke which happens when an artery in the brain becomes blocked. Second is a transient ischemic attack or (TIA), also known as a "mini stroke" because it only temporarily causes the arterial blockage to the brain. Finally, there is the hemorrhagic stroke which happens when the artery actually ruptures inside the brain.
Here are the common symptoms of a stroke to help you identify if a person is having a stroke or not.
-Numbness of paralysis of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side
-Inability to walk, accompanied with dizziness
-Headaches and vomiting
-Mental confusion, like forgetting names, places, and inability to follow a conversation
Age makes us more susceptible, as does having a mother, father, or other close relative who has had a stroke. While we can never completely eliminate the risk of a stroke, leading a healthier lifestyle drastically brings down the chances of suffering from a stroke. Having trouble remembering all this? Go to the last page for a quick and easy to remember table explaining the differences.
#1 Knowing The Difference IS The Most Important Step
One of the most common mistakes that people make when referring to acute heart-related episodes is using the terms "heart attack", "cardiac arrest" and "stroke" interchangeably.
With this information you can now avoid this mistake and also stop others from making the same mistake.
Understanding the differences between the three can play a vital role in being better prepared to address these issues and seek treatment before it is too late. If you or someone around you experiences one of these events do not falter. Take the necessary course of action and immediately call for medical assistance.
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