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30% people think that heart attack and heart stroke are the same! But surprisingly there is enough difference to distinguish them at the time of an emergency and provide assistance keeping the following symptoms in mind:

**1. Heart Attack:
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Heart attack is when the blood clots in the arteries and blood flow becomes restricted causing damage to the heart muscles.

Some heart attacks are sudden and intense, but most of them start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Here are some of the signs that can mean a heart attack is happening.

Symptoms of a Heart Attack:

Pain/discomfort in the arm, chest
2. Pain/discomfort in the jaw, neck, and throat.

  1. Indigestion, nausea, choking feeling

  2. Sweating, dizziness

  3. Irregular heartbeats

  4. Weakness, anxiety, shortness of breath

  5. Heart Stroke:

While heart stroke refers to the same condition where the blood clots in the arteries which is responsible for supplying blood to the brain. It surprisingly affects just one side of the body and often doesn’t involve any kind of pain or discomfort instead you might not able to move or feel it in general.

Symptoms of a Stroke:

  1. Severe headache

  2. Loss of balance

  3. Numbness/ loss of movement in one side

  4. Double vision, loss of vision

  5. Loss of speech, memory

  6. Altered breathing or heart rate

At the first sign of any of these symptoms, fast action by you, someone you know, or a passer-by can make a huge difference, these are life threatening emergencies and quick action can saves lives.