THIS May Save Your Life: The Difference Between A Heart Attack, Stroke And Cardiac Arrest

Although rare, there may come a time in your life when you experience a life-threatening event. The more you know about what is happening to your body the better chance you have of saving yourself and knowing when to put yourself into the hands of a medical team. This article defines three major life threatening events, gives you their symptoms and suggests what to do in each situation. According to research, “Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for 17.3 million deaths per year, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.” Death by a stroke is also high on the list of leading causes of death. With a little knowledge, you can greatly increase your chances of survival.



Heart attack: a heart attack is an abrupt and sometimes fatal incidence of coronary thrombosis, the formation of a blood clot inside a blood vessel of the heart that restricts blood flow, typically resulting in the death of part of a heart muscle.

Stroke: a stroke happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or severely reduced, which deprives the brain tissue of essential oxygen and nutrients. Within minutes, brain cells begin to die.

Cardiac arrest: cardiac arrest is a sudden cessation of the function of the heart. Unlike a heart attack, cardiac arrest involves the whole heart.

Symptoms and First Aid

Heart Attack

According to the Harvard Health Publications of Harvard Medical School, symptoms of a heart attack may include:

Pain, burning sensation, tightening and/or pressure in the chest
Hot flash or a cold sweat
Sudden weakness or pain in one or both of the arms
Shortness of breath
Nausea or vomiting

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When it comes to first aid, Harvard Health Publications advise that if you experience one or more of the above symptoms call 911. An emergency medical technician will rush you to a hospital in an ambulance full of life-saving equipment that can keep you stable if your heart is in trouble.

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