What is a Stroke?
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the No. 3 cause of death in the
There are two basic types of strokes. The most common (87%) is an ischemic stroke where a blood vessel in the brain becomes blocked by plaque or a blood clot and prevents oxygen and blood from getting to the area of the brain. When this occurs, within 4-6 minutes blood vessels begin to die. Every minute after a stroke 1.9 million brain cells die.
The other type of stroke is hemorrhagic or bleeding type of stroke, which occurs 13% of the time and can occur because of an aneurysm that ruptured or a weak blood vessel in the brain that ruptured.