A stroke may also be referred to as a brain attack. In what ways is it similar to a heart attack?

Similar cause. A stroke is an interruption in blood flow to a part of the brain usually caused by either an embolic event or blood clot or a bleed or hemorrhage in the brain. In the end the damage caused may be permanent and severe causing loss of function like inability to use an arm, leg or speech. A heart attack is caused by interruption of blood to heart muscle by arteries diseased by atherosclerosis.
Blockage. A stroke that is due to a decrease of blood flow (ischemic cerebral infarction) can be similar in pathophysiology to a myocardial infarction (heart attack). The root cause usually resides in a blockage in an artery that supplies blood to the brain or heart. This blockage becomes completely obstructive and the downstream tissue becomes ischemic due to a lack of oxygen. Eventually it can die.

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What can happen from pushing a car by myself? Can I get brain bleed anyruism or stroke or heart attack? Or anything

Strain injuries. Sudden maximal strain such as pushing a car can cause strain to rupture a brain blood vessel/aneurysm, or can cause a heart attack. Of course, muscle/skeletal injuries such as muscle strain, muscle tear, or ligament damage can also occur. If the car you are pushing starts to roll backward, this could also result in injury from the car itself. Much caution is needed during pushing cars manually.
Hernia most common. Abdominal strain can lead to an internal hernia (groin, navel). That is the most common problem & occurs even if you are otherwise healthy. If you have heart or lung problems, or high blood pressure or a previous stroke, then its best not to exert yourself in this way since a heart attack or stroke can happen from exertion / raised BP. A car weighs more than 1 ton; pushing it around isnt e.

I had a brain ct and they said everything was good/ normal. I just read report and it said Bilateral basal ganglia calcification/mineralization is noted. What does that mean? I am 42 and went in for symptoms that mirrored stroke a heart attack symptoms, b

Scarring, old injury. Calcification (buildup) of the basal ganglia or anywhere in the brain is a healing process for an injury, whether the cause is vascular, genetic (Parkinson's disease), infection, or other cause, that happens over many yrs. Ur description of ur symptoms is sparse. The CT is used to check if any abnormality EXPLAINS YOUR IMMEDIATE SYMPTOMS. Any other "abnormality" is irrelevant to ur primary doctor.

89 yr old in hospital on aspirin clopidogrel and warfarin for stroke and heart attack has had another stroke and blockage seen on Brain scan and swelling left side of brain how come while on so many thinners is it possible?

Unfortunately. Some "strokes" are BLEEDS... Speak with her Neurologist More information needed Hope this helps Dr Z.
Yes, it can happen. For several reasons, the case isn't easy, and it seems that there is lot going on. I trust that the hospital and the treating doctors are doing their best, wish you all, the best.

Everytime I eat meat rice and something not healthy my body feels like having a heart attack or stroke I don't have a peace of mind more chest pain?

May be your body. Is trying to tell you to eat better. Sometimes we have to listen to our body. At your age the probability of having a heart attack is low. Have you have a stress test or ekg? Any history of anxiety/panic attack or depression? The above can give you chest pains and lack of peace of mind. I will advice to seek a physician for a good history and physical exam. Talk to him about all your worries.
Somatization. This syndrome is in your mind or in your brain. I would advise that you get to your family doctor or to a trusted psychiatrist urgently.

How do I know if I have a mini heart attack/stroke?

TIA symptoms. Symptoms of transient ischemic attacks (tias) occur suddenly and are always temporary. They usually go away in 10 to 20 minutes. Tia symptoms are just like stroke ;sudden numbness, tingling, weakness, or loss of movement in your face, arm, or leg, especially on only one side of your body, vision changes., trouble speaking, sudden confusion or trouble understanding simple statements.

What can you do to tell a stroke apart from heart attack?

Stroke vs MI. Heart attack sx can include: chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath, increased sweating pain or numbness radiating down the arm (more often left than right) and nausea. There could be pain in the upper back, head, jaw or teeth. One fourth of people have heart attacks without chest pain. Stroke symptoms can include a severe and sudden headache. There can also be nausea, vomiting & >>>.
Chest and brain. Heart attack is damage to heart stroke is damage to brain some heart attack patients may be from emboli, or have low cardiac output and also damage brain with hypoxia both have some common risk! Smoking obesity high blood pressure diabetes hyperlipemia prevention is best.

What's the difference between a stroke and a heart attack?

Different organ. Stroke affects brain. Heart attack affects heart. Stroke is mostly caused due to decreased blood supply to a part of brain or sometimes due to bleeding inside the brain. Stroke leads to headache, weakness of one side : face, hand, or leg. Heart attack occurs when blood supply to part of heart is blocked or compromised and have chest pain, panic, difficulty breathing. Both are serious problems.

Can lynph nodes cause you to have a heart attack or a stroke?

Lymph nodes. Lymph nodes are a normal part of our immune system, they are collectors of immune cells to defend the body from inflammation and infection. Unless they become cancerous they should not cause problems.
No. Some malignancies invade lymph nodes or are lymph nodal malignancies: (lymphoma-hodgkins)and other structures and could involve heart or brain.