Strokes: and Symptoms
A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, happens when blood flow to an area of the brain is blocked or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts. Blood carries oxygen to cells in the body. When brain cells are starved of blood, they die, according to the CDC.
There are three types of strokes:
— An ischemic stroke occurs when a clot blocks the flow of blood to the brain.
— A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel ruptures and prevents blood flow to the brain.
— A transient ischemic attack, or mini-stroke, causes a temporary clot in the brain.
The following are the most common symptoms of stroke for men and women, all of which have sudden onset:
— Numbness or weakness in the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body.
— Confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
— Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
— Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
— Severe headache with no known cause.
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