What Is a Stroke?
Stroke is a disease that impacts the arteries leading to—and within—the
brain. It is the 4th-leading cause of death and a leading cause of disability
in the United States. A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate
attention. There are two primary kinds of stroke:
ischemic stroke is caused by a clot that obstructs the flow of blood to the brain. A transient
ischemic attack (TIA), or "mini stroke," is caused by a temporary clot.
occurs when a blood vessel ruptures and prevents blood flow to the brain.
A stroke can impact vision, speech, behavior, the ability to think and
the ability to move parts of the body.
Good Samaritan Hospital Comprehensive Stroke Center