Heart Attack vs Stroke
How can I tell a heart attack from a stroke?
The region's largest network of stroke-designated hospitals.
The hospitals of HCA Midwest Health have been recognized for their excellence in stroke care, with our Missouri hospitals among the first to achieve state designation for Time Critical Diagnosis (TCD) for stroke. We have also received national designations for our expertise and commitment to diagnosis, treatment, and improving outcomes.
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Q. What does a “comprehensive stroke center” even mean, anyway. For something as serious as stroke, isn’t the care you get at hospitals pretty much the same?
A. We know sometimes designations and awards just seem like the healthcare community is patting each other on the back, but they really play an enormous role in improving patient care. Here’s one example – Research Medical Center recently became the first HCA Midwest Health hospital to earn The Joint Commission... More
Q. My doctor told me I’m at risk for both heart attack and stroke. I know diseases are very complicated but can someone just explain the difference between a heart attack and a stroke in a simple way?
A. Both heart attack and the more common type of stroke (ischemic stroke) usually have to do with clogged arteries. And many of the risk factors that are within your control are the same. So there’s a chance that you could be at risk for both. HCA Midwest Health offers free online heart disease and stroke... More
Q. Hospitals should teach kids how to be safer when playing sports. I know some of these injuries are preventable.
A. It’s estimated that more than 3.5 million kids are treated for sport-related injuries a year. And the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons estimates that teenage athletes are injured at about the same rate as professional athletes. Fortunately, with the right education, conditioning and training,... More
Q. Hospitals should help you book any follow up visits they recommend after a visit to the ER. After dealing with an emergency, it’s hard to keep track of everything.
A. Whether you go for yourself or someone you love, there is no doubt that a visit to the emergency room can be very stressful. And many times, the visit can require follow-up care with a primary care doctor or specialist. Not following the ER doctor’s recommended follow-up care can slow or prevent recovery... More