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

If you thought that heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest mean the same thing, you are definitely wrong. Although they are all linked to your heart, there are still a few differences in the causing factors, symptoms and potential

It is rather important to know the difference between these three, because it will help you get a fitting treatment, or helping someone who does.

In this article we give you the real meaning of each heart problem, their most common symptoms, and proper treatment.

Heart attack

It is recognized as a circulation disorder.

Blocked flow of blood rich in oxygen disables the transport of blood to particular part of the heart muscle. This may cause the muscle to ‘die,’ of course, if it does not get restored. Eventually, the patient suffers a heart attack.

Keep in mind that during a heart attack, the heart still keeps beating.

Cardiac arrest

It is considered as an ‘electrical’ disorder.

Improper electrical activity in the heart causes irregular beats and the blood stops pumping in the entire body. This is what medics call a cardiac arrest.

There is no heartbeat during cardiac arrest.


It is a disorder that happens in the brain.

Ischemic stroke is caused by blockages in the artery that transports oxygen-rich blood to your brain.

Transient ischemic attack, or TIA, is referred to as a mini-stroke. It occurs in cases of temporary blockage of the artery that brings blood to your brain.

Hemorrhagic stroke is a consequence of rupture in the arteries inside your brain.


Heart attack

The sufferer experiences these symptoms several days before the actual attack happens:

  • Chest pain (angina) – It is characterized with a feeling of heaviness in the middle part of the chest. Unfortunately, it is usually confused with indigestion. It may come and go in a couple of minutes.
  • Ache that affects the neck, back, abdomen, jaw, and arms. If you have noticed, it is more common in the left arm.
  • Shortness of breath / Wheezing
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness and faintness
  • Anxiety
  • Coughing
  • Nausea

You cannot treat any of these symptoms with drugs or home remedies, because they are directly connected with your heart, and not the other systems in your body.

Cardiac arrest

They usually appear a few minutes before the cardiac arrest, and they often resemble a heart attack.

  • Weakness
  • Blackout
  • Fainting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • High palpitation

But, in most cases the sufferer experiences:

  • Unexpected collapse
  • Loss of breath
  • Loss of pulse
  • Improper responsiveness

These symptoms develop immediately and unfortunately, in most cases they result in instant death. Those who have suffered a heart attack are more likely to experience a cardiac arrest.


  • Nausea
  • Disrupted speech
  • Numbness / Paralysis in the face or limbs, usually in one side
  • Headaches and vomiting
  • Mental confusion (the sufferer forgets names and places, and is unable to follow a conversation)
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Excessive sweating
  • Inability to walk (the sufferer also feels dizzy)
  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Source: Time For Healthy Food


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