Types of Stroke
Stroke is an injury to the brain that occurs when the brain's blood supply is interrupted. Blood carries oxygen which is necessary for all cells in the body to survive. The brain has one of the highest demands for oxygen. In fact, cells in the brain start to die if they are without oxygen-rich blood for more than a few minutes. The death of these brain cells can result in permanent brain damage.
Other terms for stroke include cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or brain attack.
Blood vessels that carry blood from the heart to the body are called arteries. Oxygen-rich blood is delivered to the brain through the carotid arteries along both sides of the neck. These arteries split into several smaller vessels that reach throughout the brain and skull. Damage or blockage to any of these arteries can slow or stop blood flow to the brain. The severity of brain damage will depend on the amount of brain tissue affected, the length of time the blood flow is impaired, and the area of the brain affected.
Learn about the types of stroke
- Brainstem Stroke
- Cerebellar Stroke
- Right Side Stroke
- Left Side Stroke
- Hemorrhagic Stroke
- Ischemic Stroke
- Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)