Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2014 - (Page 13)

AT A G L A N C E STROKES VS. HEART ATTACKS Heart attacks and strokes are serious business. They're two of the top killers in the U.S., with someone having a heart CK T ATTA HEAR A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is blocked, usually due to a blood clot. Heart muscle begins to die because it's not getting enough blood or oxygen. attack every 34 seconds and a stroke every 40 seconds. But do you know the basics when it comes to these two health threats? When a blood clot blocks blood flow to the brain, it causes a stroke, or a "brain attack." Brain cells begin to die almost immediately. Nausea or lightheadedness KE STRO Sudden, severe headache Difficulty seeing in one or both eyes Shortness of breath Facial drooping Chest pain Slurred speech Pain in the back, neck, arms or stomach Weakness or numbness on one side of the body Cold sweat Dizziness or loss of balance SYMPTOMS JUST THE FACTS CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER 26.5 MILLION The number of American adults living with heart disease. 7 MILLION 200,000 The number of deaths from heart disease and stroke each year in the U.S. that could be prevented. The number of stroke survivors in the U.S. NUM B Heart disease is the ER 1 top killer in Maryland; stroke is No. 3. "Be Well Videos." A heart attack and a stroke are two different things. But the risk factors for both are mostly the same. Older than 45 (men) Older than 55 (women) Older than 55 (men and women) Family history Smoking Obesity Physical inactivity High blood pressure High cholesterol STROKE = HEART ATTACK = | Winter 2014 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2014

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2014
A Healthy Start
From the Sidelines
A Better Chance at Beating Cancer
Back on the Beat
At a Glance
News and Events

Maryland's Health Matters - Upper Chesapeake - Winter 2014