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Updated October 03, 2005

Definition: A stroke is an event that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is altered in some way. This results in injury and even death of the neurons that make up our brain cells and pathways. A stroke is also known medically as a cva, or cerebrovascular accident.

There are two types of stroke; ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes are the result of a blocked blood vessel which impairs blood flow to the brain. The blockage can be the result of a blood clot or fatty deposit. Hemorrhagic strokes are due to bleeding in the brain from a ruptured blood vessel.

Damage to the brain from a stroke can result in motor, speech, memory, vision, and sensory disturbances.

Also Known As: CVA

Cerebrovascular Accident

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