What is a Stroke?

A stroke happens when blood stops flowing to any part of your brain, causing damage to your brain cells. The effect of a stoke varies, often depending on the part of the brain that was damaged and the amount of damage done. 

There are three kinds of strokes:

  1. Ischemic Stroke: caused by a blockage or clot in a blood vessel in your brain
  2. Hemorrhagic Stroke: caused when an artery in the brain breaks open
  3. Transient Ischemic Attach (TIA) or “Mini Stroke”: caused by a small clot that briefly blocks an artery

There are multiple signs of a stroke, but they are the same for men and women. Signs of a stroke include:

  • Drooping facial; features- like an uneven smile
  • Inability to move both arms
  • Slurred or jumbled speech, inability to find words
  • Vision changes- usually blurred or double vision
  • Sudden and severe headache- accompanied by other stroke signs
  • Numbness- usually on one side of the body
  • Problems with balance

These are not all of the symptoms. It is important to call 9-1-1 immediately if you or someone you know may be experiencing a stroke. 

To learn more about strokes, evaluate your risk, or learn about what happens after a stroke, please visit:www.heartandstroke.caBrain Injury Canada, or After Stroke BC.