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The Difference Between a Stroke and a Heart Attack

Learn about the difference between a stroke and a heart attack and how to prevent them.

The Difference Between a Stroke and a Heart Attack

In This Article:

  • A stroke occurs when blood flow cannot reach the brain due to a blockage or ruptured blood vessel in the brain.
  • A heart attack occurs when a coronary artery becomes blocked or narrows so much that blood flow is severely restricted or stops. Most heart attacks are caused by coronary artery disease.
  • To prevent strokes and heart attacks, manage your cholesterol, blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Limit your alcohol intake, exercise often, eat a healthy diet and do not smoke or use tobacco.

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Learn more about our cardiology and neurology services. Remember, our emergency room is open 24/7 in the instance of a stroke or heart attack.

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