A stroke occurs when part of the brain loses its blood supply and stops working. This causes the part of the body that the injured brain controls to stop working.
A stroke also is called a cerebrovascular accident, CVA, or “brain attack.”
The types of strokes include:
Ischemic stroke (part of the brain loses blood flow)
Hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding occurs within the brain)
Transient ischemic attack, TIA, or mini stroke (The stroke symptoms resolve within minutes, but may take up to 24 hours on their own without treatment. This is a warning sign that a stroke may occur in the near future.)
A stroke is a medical emergency. The affected individual, family, friends, or bystanders need to call 9-1-1 (activate EMS) to access emergency care.