Many people put cardiac arrest, heart attack and a stroke in the same category. But all these conditions differ in symptoms, severity and background.
Making a difference between heart attack, cardiac arrest and stroke is really important, in order to know how to help a patient and how to prevent any of the conditions becoming more severe.
To learn and educate yourselves more, read the full explanation of these conditions below:
This represents a circulation disorder. In case a person’s blood flow is blocked or oxygen deprived, the blood does not get to the heart muscle and if left untreated immediately, could kill the organ.
It is important to know that the heart is still working, when someone suffers a heart attack.
2. Cardiac Arrest
This condition is known as an ‘electrical’ disorder.
When someone’s electrical activity in the heart is disrupted, tachycardia happens and the blood flow immediately stops moving thought the body. When this happens, the heart stops working altogether.
This is also known as a brain disorder. Strokes are divided into three types:
- Ischemic stroke- when the artery carrying blood and oxygen to the brain is blocked
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA) — also familiar as a mini stroke; It occurs when there is a short artery blood flow to the brain
- Hemorrhagic stroke- this represents a ruptured artery inside the brain
Heart Attack Symptoms:
Here are the most common symptoms that can indicate heart attacks:
- Chest pain (angina) — burden inside the chest, mistaken for indigestion. It repeats every few minutes. – Body pain- especially in the neck, back, abdomen, jaw, arms 9particularly the left one)
- Wheezing and shallow breathing
- Cold sweating
- Dizziness and fatigue episodes
Treatment for these symptoms is usually via medication and incorporating a healthy diet.
Cardiac Arrest Symptoms:
These symptoms often occur minutes before cardiac arrest happens. Here they are:
- Shallow breaths
- Chest pain
- Excessive palpitation
In some cases the person can also identify the following symptoms:
- Sudden collapse
- Shortage of breath
- Weak or no pulse
- Little or no responsiveness
Cardiac arrests are dangerous, because the symptoms occur rapidly and are usually lethal.
- Blurred speech
- Face, arm or leg numbness or paralysis (especially on one side)
- Headaches and vomiting
- Mental disorientation, forgetfulness of names and places, distraction and loss of concentration
- Impaired vision and double vision
- Excessive sweating
- Walking issues and dizziness
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA)