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Symptoms and Causes of a Stroke

by Katrina Josey
  • Overview

    A stroke is the blocking of the blood supply to the brain. A stroke can have varying levels of severity, but all strokes are considered emergencies. This is why it's critical to know the signs of a stroke and act quickly.
  • Cause of Ischemic Stroke

    Ischemic strokes are caused by a buildup of plaque in the arteries.
  • Cause of Hemorrhagic Stroke

    Hemorrhagic or bleeding strokes are caused by a break or lean in a blood vessel.
  • Cause of TIA or Ministroke

    Transient ischemic attacks or TIA are caused by a blood clot to a part of the brain.
  • Symptom of Stroke: Balance Loss or Dizziness

    Feeling dizzy or losing balance is a sign of stroke.
  • Symptom: Speech Problems

    Slurred speech and other difficulties with speaking are symptoms of stroke.
  • Symptom: One-Sided Numbness

    Feeling numb or paralyzed on one side of the body is a sign of stroke.

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