Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by SwissPete, Jul 5, 2007.
I would just like to confirm that
Crise cardiaque = heart attack
Crise cérébrale = stroke.
Correct on both counts
Thanks, wildan1. You are always reliable.
I can't remember crise cérébrale in French (yes, we French do have a brain though), but attaque, attaque au cerveau is rather usual. Is crise cérébrale the Swiss word?
« *Crise cérébrale », c'est pas AVC ? « Accident Vasculaire Cérébral » ?
(c'est ce qu'a eu Chirac, non ?)
After a brief googling, crise cérébrale, though less frequent (with a slight Canadian predominance), is a fair synonym to attaque au cerveau.
Sorry for the disturbance...
K : oui - je pense que attaque est le terme usuel, non médical, pour AVC.
Now we are getting somewhere!
Per Wikipédia, "Un accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC), parfois appelé « attaque cérébrale », est un déficit neurologique soudain d'origine vasculaire (problème de la circulation du sang)". The English version uses the word "stroke".
I can't remember hearing crise cérébrale in my « entourage », but I know it is said. Imo, attaque cérébrale (as opposed to au cerveau) is very common too.
At least, that's what I say... though more often the shorter ACV.
I would say that attaque cérébrale is to stroke what accident vasculaire cérébral (AVC) is to cerebrovascular accident (CVA).
What is very common in Quebec is to say accident cérébrovasculaire = ACV ACV ou AVC?
Well, I don't know if this is true-- you hear ACV/AVC all the time in common speech in French, whereas I have never once heard "CVA" used by the genearl population (and I've heard strokes talked about a lot since my father had one a few years back...)
You're right. I didn't explain myself clearly. My point was simply that one is more "medical" than the other. We say ACV/AVC in French because there isn't an equivalent short word like "stroke"... which is easier said than CVA. I don't know if anglophone neurologists, between themselves, say stroke or CVA.
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