What can cause strokes & heart attacks?

Heart attack stroke. Heart attacks and stroke have several risk factors in common- high blood pressure, smoking, high blood sugar and high blood cholesterol The arteries that supply the brain and the heart have many similarities, so problems that affect these arteries can cause illness of either the heart or the brain.

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Can anyone tell me what causes strokes & heart attacks?

Blood flow. When having a stroke or heart attack there is a lack of blood flow to an area of the brain (stroke) or the heart (heart attack). If the blood flow is not restored in a timely fashion the part of the brain/heart not receiving blood may die. Another type of stroke results from rupture of a blood vessel causing blood to spill and affect the brain. Prevention is the best in both cases. Read more...
Stroke causes. Causes of stroke are numerous. It could be combination of risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), clots coming from the heart other arteries, genetic factors or unknown cause. Clots are best treated with blood thinners. Regardless of type of stroke, control of risk factors is very important (blood pressure control, normalization of cholesterol, healthy diet). Read more...

What do you advise for heart attacks and strokes, what is the main cause?

Stroke causes. Stroke and heart attacks share common risk factors (diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, genetic factors.Regardless of type of stroke or heart attack, control of risk factors is very important (blood pressure control, normalization of cholesterol, healthy diet). Read more...

What causes a massive heart attack or stroke?

Heart attack . Blockage of coronary artery causes heart attack, and blockage of carotid artery causes stroke. There are many other possible causes. Read more...
Atherosclerosis. Depends on one's personal risks smoking, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipemia, diabetes , family history. Simply, one blocks the feeding artery to part of the heart muscle and low flow, or no flow causes ischemia which cause death of the heart cells, which is a heart attack! myocardial infarction is the medical term.Ekg and lab tests show the damage. Read more...
PlaqueRupture ; Clot. Atherosclerosis, typical onset -age 7, yet asymptomatic for decades (arteries thicken ; enlarge; not narrow), ; eventual plaque rupture triggering blood clot in artery opening which both sheds downstream ; becomes large enough to narrow ; close artery opening (both blocking blood flow) causes both the damage ; residual narrowings. Read more...

Can spasm & nerve problems cause a stroke or heart attack?

Stroke. No. Spasm and nerve problems involves the peripheral nervous system and musculoskeletal system. A stroke or a heart attack occurs when blood flow to brain or heart is interrupted. I cannot immediately think on a circumstance the two conditions could be related. However, pain in the chest area due heart attack may mimic pain from muscle spasm and viceversa. Always check with your physician. Be well. Read more...
Coronary. Coronary arteries can spasm and if duration long enough damage can be done. If identified during work up there is treatment . Most heart attacks are atherosclerotic and thrombotic. Migraines and headaches can relate to spasm, but brain damage from those is unusual. Read more...

How does atherosclerosis cause heart attacks and strokes?

Narrows blood vessel. Hardening of the arteries means a buildup of a fatty plaque like substance on the walls of a blood vessel, which gradually constricts blood flow, and evenually tissue dies due to lack of oxygen. Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides, and smoking, all can accelerate a heart attack or stroke. Read more...
Clots and Ischemia. Atherosclerosis, an accumulation of white blood cells within the walls of arteries, typically starts in childhood, artery walls thicken & the opening remains unchanged for decades. Rupture of the endothelial lining over the plaque showers clot inducing tissue into the blood blocking arteries downstream occasionally, clots over the rupture block the opening. Yet majority of events are asymptomatic. Read more...