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What is Stroke?

What is stroke?

  • A stroke happens when the blood flow in the brain is blocked in some way
  • Blood travels from the heart and brings oxygen to the brain cells
  • If brain cells don’t get oxygen they get damaged or die, this is a stroke
  • A CVA is a medical term for stroke (cerebrovascular accident)
  • A heart attack is a blockage of blood flow to the heart. A stroke is a blockage of blood flow to the brain.
  • There are 2 types of stroke
  • An ischaemic stroke is when a blood clot blocks an artery bringing blood to the brain
  • A haemorrhagic stroke is when an artery in the brain bursts and bleeds

Different Types of Stroke

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