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A stroke may also be referred to as a brain attack. In what ways is it similar to a heart attack?
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Dr. Brian Mott
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Brian Mott
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Dr. Michael Fenster
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Michael Fenster
Dr. Michael Fenster
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