A stroke can occur at any time. Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, which prevents brain tissue from receiving oxygen and nutrients. Mayo Clinic If not addressed immediately, a stroke can impair many of your normal functions. Depending on what kind of stroke you have will affect how you are treated. What are the 3 major types of strokes?
Ischemic Stroke: 87% of strokes are ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes can occur when the artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain becomes blocked. CDC Blood clots are often the culprit.
Hemorrhagic Stroke: Hemorrhagic strokes can occur when an artery ruptures or leaks blood, the leaked blood damages the brain cells by applying too much pressure on them. High blood pressure and aneurysms are examples of what can cause this type of stroke. There are 2 types of hemorrhagic stroke-
- Intracerebral Hemorrhage- This is the most common type and occurs when an artery bursts in the brain
- Subarachnoid Hemorrhage- This is a less common type and occurs when there is bleeding between the brain and thin tissue that surrounds it.
Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA): “TIA”, otherwise known as a “mini-stroke”, differs from the other 2 types because the blood flow is blocked for no more than 5 minutes. Even though this is a “mini-stroke” more than a third of people who have a TIA will have a major stroke within a year. Treating TIA can lower the risk of having a major stroke.
If you or a loved one ever experiences any of the following symptoms, contact 911 immediately:
- Hard time speaking or understanding others
- Paralysis or numbness of face, arm or leg
- Problems seeing out of one or both eyes
- Headache or dizziness
- Trouble walking
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