A stroke is also called a “brain attack” because like a heart attack, it results from a blockage in blood flow to the organ, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Identifying a stroke’s signs and getting immediate help are critical to minimizing damage and preventing death; the longer blood is cut off, the more damage is done. How a stroke affects someone depends on what part of the brain is deprived of blood. Different limbs or abilities, such as speech, could be affected.
- If you believe someone is experiencing a stroke, call 911 immediately. When someone is having a stroke, quick treatment is essential to preventing long-term damage.
- Some of the best Web resources for stroke-related information are the National Stroke Association and American Stroke Association. The federal agency devoted to researching strokes is the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
- A stroke can also occur when a blood vessel breaks and leaks into the brain, which also interrupts blood flow.
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