Heart Attack & Stroke
I get people telling me that one got a heart attack and in the same sentence say stoke as well. Its actually 2 different things. Here are some pointers that i picked up from speaking to a doctor and some reading if you dont know this already ..
Heart Attack – Heart Related
Stroke – Brain Related
By Definition –
A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a part of the heart is blocked, usually by a blood clot. Without oxygenated blood, the heart muscle begins to die. A stroke is a brain attack, cutting off vital blood flow and oxygen to the brain. Stroke happens when a blood vessel feeding the brain gets clogged or bursts.
- Extreme fatigue
- Dizziness, or pressure in the upper back.
The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time.
- Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped.
- Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness in one arm.
- Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake.
- Time – it is time to dial the emergency number immediately if you notice any of these signs or symptoms.
Both are equally fatal and its recommended that you get help immediately and dont wait as it could life or death.