Stroke Symptoms And Heart Attack Symptoms: How To Look Out for These Serious Medical Events

By |2020-03-08T20:33:18+00:00March 30th, 2020|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: , , , |

Heart attacks and strokes are both very serious medical events. Depending on the severity, they can take months to years to recover from. Some individuals never recover at all. Due to the severity of the conditions, it is smart to know some symptoms and signs ahead of time. This week we are exploring both stroke symptoms and heart attack symptoms. Read on to learn what exactly strokes and heart attacks really are as well as the most common stroke symptoms and heart attack symptoms.

Disclaimer

The symptoms explored in this article are simply the most common symptom of their respective conditions. If you believe you or a loved one are experiencing a heart attack or stroke, seek medical attention immediately or dial 911.

Heart Attacks Defined

A heart attack occurs when something interrupts the blood flow to the heart. Usually, that blockage is plaque that has formed a clot in the arteries to the heart. Plaque is made up primarily of cholesterol and other fats.

Strokes Defined

A stroke, or brain attack, is when the brain does not get enough blood flow. The restriction occurs either due to a blocked blood vessel, or one that has burst. No matter what causes it, strokes damage the brain, leading to potential long term mental and physical disabilities.

Heart Attack Symptoms

First and foremost is any sort of discomfort in your chest. People have described it in many different ways. Pain, tightness, pressure, burning, and pinching are all the most common descriptors. This is especially common in men. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for women to have a heart attack with zero chest discomfort.

Instead, women’s pain from heart issues tends to settle into the stomach. Nausea, indigestion, or stomach pain take the place of chest discomfort. Men are much less likely to report this symptom.

One of the classic symptoms people are told to watch out for is pain that radiates out and down the left side of the body. Whether that pain is originating in your chest or in your stomach, it most commonly extends to the left arm.

Additionally, heart attacks often leave sufferers feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or off balance. Obviously no one of these symptoms alone means that you are having a heart attack . However, if you experience these symptoms in conjunction with another, especially for longer than a few seconds, seek medical attention.

Brain Attack Symptoms

The most common stroke symptom is a sudden numbness or feeling of weakness. Usually this is restricted to one side of the body. It also causes issues with coordination, simply walking becomes a struggle.

Additionally, strokes often cause sudden and severe headaches that come out of nowhere. Often times, the headache is so bad it leads to trouble seeing. Again, the impact is usually limited to one eye or the other.

Finally, someone suffering from a stroke often experiences confusion that seems to come from nowhere. They may also struggle with speaking or writing.

Understanding Strokes

By |2019-03-05T22:45:27+00:00July 22nd, 2019|Categories: Blog and News, NHIA Blog|Tags: |

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Cardiac arrest and stroke are the two leading causes of death in the United States every year, after Cancer. The risks associated with a stroke increases after the age of 55 with more than three-fourths of the deaths after this age being caused by strokes. With numbers like these, it is imperative that you know the details of a stroke and how to prevent it, should you get a chance. In case you come across someone who is having a stroke, you should know how to provide primary care as you wait for the paramedics to arrive.

What is A Stroke?

Just like a heart attack, a brain attack is called a stroke. In this condition, a blood vessel can be ruptured, or there can be a lack of blood flow in the brain. In both cases, the oxygen level of the brain is affected, causing immense pain and brain damage.

Symptoms of Stroke

A stroke can affect not only your brain but also your entire body. This, in turn, can lead to varying levels of disability. Some of the common symptoms of a stroke are

  • Sudden numbness of the limbs or a body part
  • Confusion or trouble in speech
  • Dizziness, loss of coordination and/or balance
  • Severe headache

How Can You Help?

While you might not be medically trained, you can detect if a person is under a stroke attack. All you need to do is look out for symptoms of stroke-like speech difficulty, dropping of eyes or weakness of limbs. When you see either or all of these symptoms on a person or experience it yourself, go ahead and call 911.

In case you are suffering from stroke, call for medical help immediately, or let the person next to you know about the medical emergency. Quick medical attention can help in overcoming long-lasting and unpleasant effects of stroke.

How Can You Prevent A Stroke

Brain stroke is more common in African Americans, and the best way to prevent it is by taking care of your health. Sometimes your family history plays a crucial role in your physical ailments. At other times, your health condition is the culprit. Some of the steps you can undertake are

  • Quitting smoking
  • Taking care of diabetes and your blood sugar level
  • Maintaining a healthy blood pressure level
  • Reduce weight, if you are overweight and start exercising regularly
  • Don’t wear yourself out

In case of a stroke, every minute is important, as the human brain cannot function without oxygen. So each minute the brain is deprived of oxygen through lack of blood circulation, more are the chances of permanent damage. The time window of treating stroke patients for maximum effectiveness is three hours. However, the golden hour is essential for coming out unscathed.

Final Thoughts

Strokes or any physical ailment can be scary. This is why health insurance is a viable option. If you need a professional and dedicated agency to help you manage your health insurance needs, you can try out National Health Insurance Agencies Inc. Contact now for a free health insurance quote!

 

 

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