The Differences Between Heart Attack, Stroke And Cardiac Arrest

Most people think that heart attack, stroke and cardiac arrest are the same heart condition, but all of them have different symptoms, severity and cause.


You need to know to make a difference between all of them, in case you need to help someone, or prevent them from becoming making more harm.

  1. Heart attack

This circular disorder happens when the blood flow gets blocked, or deprived of oxygen. This way the blood can`t get to the heart muscle. If not treated on time, it can kill the heart. After the heart attack, the heart is still functional.

Symptoms of heart attack:

  • Cheats pain which repeats every couple of minutes
  • Nausea
  • Cold sweats
  • Shallow breathing
  • Pain in the neck, abdomen, arms, back and jaw
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety

All of the symptoms can be treated with proper healthy diet and medications.

  1. Stroke

Stroke is a brain disorder, divided in 3 types:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke- raptured brain artery
  • Ischemic stroke- the artery oxygen and blood supply to the brain are blocked
  • Transient ischemic attack- short artery blood flow to the brain.

Stroke symptoms:

  • Impaired or double vision
  • Distraction, forgetfulness, mental disorientation, loss of concentration
  • Nauseas
  • Headaches and vomiting
  • Feeling of numbness or paralysis in the legs, arms, face
  • Dizziness
  • Problems with walking
  • Excessive sweating
  1. Cardiac arrest:

When the electrical activity in the heart is obstructed, tachycardia takes place, causing instant stop of blood flow through the body. The heart stops working as well.

These are the symptoms you can experience a few minutes before the cardiac arrest:

  • Fainting
  • Chest pain
  • Weak pulse
  • Shallow breathing
  • Almost no responsiveness
  • Weakness
  • Sudden collapse
  • Excessive sweating.

All of the symptoms occur rapidly, and can be quite deadly.