Heart Attack vs Stroke
How can I tell a heart attack from a stroke?
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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. Heart Attack vs Stroke
A. Do you know the difference between a heart attack and a stroke? At HCA Midwest Health, you can be confident that our heart and stroke care teams are prepared to provide you with expert, diagnosis, treatment and management if and when you should need it. With access to the closest, most convenient, and... More
Q. Why do I have to travel to the main hospital so far away for services when there are so many Urgent Cares near me?
A. Every type of healthcare facility serves different needs and HCA Midwest Health works to address all of them. Travel miles away to the hospital for a simple sprain or a flu shot? That’s probably not the best use of your funds or medical benefits. Urgent care centers or your primary care doctor can handle... More
Q. I went to the doctor recently with a bad stomach bug and she asked me if I still had my appendix. What a random question! I think I’d know if I had appendicitis.
A. You’re partly right. Appendicitis does cause searing stomach pain in the lower right area of the stomach that is often unmistakable as appendicitis pain. But that is later in the disease process. Early appendicitis can cause symptoms very similar to the stomach bug. So, how do you tell the difference?... More