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Stroke occurs when a blood vessel bringing blood and oxygen to the brain becomes blocked or ruptures. Deprived of oxygen, brain and nerve cells stop working and begin to die within minutes. The effects of a stroke may be permanent depending on how many cells are lost, where they are in the brain, and how quickly you receive medical treatment.
Ischemic stroke is caused by lack of blood reaching part of the brain. There are three types of ischemic stroke:
There are two types of hemorrhagic stroke. In both types, a blood vessel ruptures, disrupting blood flow to part of the brain.