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You Must Know the Differences Between a Heart Attack, Cardiac Arrest and Stroke

Heart disease defines a series of conditions that affect the heart. Diseases that describes the term “heart disease” include the blood vessel diseases, such as heart rhythm problems, coronary artery disease, and congenital heart illness, among others.

The term “heart disease” is usually used interchangeably with the term “cardiovascular disease.” A cardiovascular disease typically refers to conditions that involve blocked or narrowed blood vessels that could lead to a stroke, heart attack, or chest pain. Other heart conditions, such as those that affect the heart’s muscle, rhythm or valves, are considered forms of heart disease, too.


Many heart disease forms could be prevented or treated on time with healthy lifestyle choice. But, there are certain confusions about some of the heart disease forms, so people often panic unnecessary because they cannot exactly describe particular heart disease issue.

“Heart attack”, “stroke”, and “cardiac arrest” are the most used terms interchangeably by most of the people. Since they are all connected to the heart, people often make mistake very easy, but they have different causes for occurring and different effects and symptoms on the body, too.

The most important thing to help yourself or someone with one of these conditions, and seek a proper treatment is to be able to distinguish these certain terms.

So, in this article, we will help you find out more about the most common forms of heart disease, learn how to appropriately react upon facing with some of these conditions and to make difference between them.

  • Heart Attack

Heart attack is a circulation disorder, when the blood flow that is rich with an oxygen is blocked to a specific part of the heart muscle, and if is not restored is causing dying of the muscle, therefore results with a heart attack. If an individual has a heart attack, the heart continues beating.

  • Stroke

It is a brain disorder. Medicine recognize 3 types of a stroke:

  • Ischemic stroke

It occurs when there is a blockage of an artery that transports the blood rich in oxygen to the brain.

  • Transient ischemic attack (TIA)

It is known as “mini-stroke” and happens when an artery that transports the blood to the brain, stops to transport the blood temporary.

  • Hemorrhagic stroke

It occurs upon rupturing an artery inside the brain.

  • Cardiac Arrest

It is an “electrical” condition. If the electrical activity of the heart undergoes chaos, it will result with irregular beating of the heart and instant stop of the blood pumping through the body. This disorder is known as cardiac arrest, and in this condition the heartbeat stops completely.

Heart Attack Symptoms

These are a heart attack symptoms that can appear early on and last for several days.

Angina (pain in chest): Usually described as


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