What Is a Stroke?
- A stroke is a brain attack. It happens when the blood supply to part of your brain is cut off.
- Blood carries essential nutrients and oxygen to your brain. Without blood your brain cells can be damaged or die.
- This damage can have different effects, depending on where it happens in your brain.
- It can affect the way your body works as well as how you think, feel and communicate.
Different types of stroke
At Omar hospital & Cardiac Centre 3 types of strokes are being managed by the physicians, surgeons and by the trained staff.
- Most strokes are caused by a blockage cutting off the blood supply to the brain. This is an ischemic stroke.
- However, strokes can also be caused by a bleeding in or around the brain. This is hemorrhagic stroke.
- A transient ischemic attack or TIA is also known as a mini-stroke. It is the same as a stroke, except that the symptoms last for a short amount of time and no longer than 24 hours. This is because the blockage that stops the blood getting to your brain is temporary.
What causes stroke?
As we age our arteries become harder and narrower and more likely to become blocked. However, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors can speed up this process and increase your risk of having a stroke.