A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires emergency care.
The most common kinds of stroke are ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and transient ischemic attack. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen to the brain is blocked or reduced, causing brain cells to die. A hemorrhagic stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. The blood accumulates and puts pressure on surrounding brain tissue. A transient ischemic attack is like an ischemic stroke, but the blood flow to the brain is blocked only for a short time.
When brain cells are injured or die, the bodily functions they control such as speech or use of limbs can be impaired or lost. Stroke can also affect your memory or ability to understand. A stroke can change the way you think or feel.
A stroke is a serious medical condition that requires emergency care. Call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you are with shows signs of a stroke.
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