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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


What is a stroke?

A stroke is a sudden loss of brain function. It is caused by the interruption of flow of blood to the brain (ischemic stroke) or the rupture of blood vessels in the brain (hemorrhagic stroke). The interruption of blood flow or the rupture of blood vessels causes brain cells (neurons) in the affected area to die. The effects of a stroke depend on where the brain was injured, as well as how much damage occurred. A stroke can impact any number of areas including your ability to move, see, remember, speak, reason and read and write.
In a small number of cases, stroke-like damage to the brain can occur when the heart stops (cardiac arrest). The longer the brain goes without the oxygen and nutrients supplied by the blood flow, the greater the risk of permanent brain damage. Brain injuries can also result in uncontrolled bleeding and permanent brain damage. This is usually referred to as an Acquired Brain Injury. 
Over several Wednesdays I will offer information on the following - 
  • Anatomy of the brain - next Wednesday
  • Ischemic stroke
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA or mini-stroke)
  • Hemorragic stroke
  • Stroke in children (Paediatric stroke)
  • Effects of a stroke

 All information contained in this post was taken from the Heart and Stroke Foundation website. Please visit their site for more information.

The material provided on this site is designed for information and educational purposes only. The materials are not intended to be a self diagnostic and/or self treatment tool. I encourage you to use this information as a tool for discussing your condition with your health practitioner

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At September 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM , Blogger E.J. Wesley said...

Good info to pass along, Monica.

At September 7, 2011 at 11:21 PM , Blogger Kathy said...

Thanks for posting information people might otherwise miss or not to aware of. In doing so , you might just save a life.

At September 9, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Blogger Leila said...

Thank you for the information! My 46 year old cousin just recently had a stroke so it is nice to get information!

New follower from Wednesday's blog hop!

At September 10, 2011 at 9:23 PM , Blogger Patricia said...

Good for you, Monica, for taking the initiative,and providing through, yet easy to understand information about a Stroke, also referred to as a Brain Attack. People don't realize that having a Brain Attack or Stroke, can be every bit as devastating and debilitating as a Heart Attack. Fortunately, with information that you are supplying, people will be aware and act immediately as they would if it was their heart that was being "attacked".


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