What Is Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood supply to part of the brain is interrupted or severely reduced, depriving brain tissue of oxygen and food. Within minutes of blockage, brain cells begin to die, causing severe lasting damage such as partial paralysis, loss of sensation, or inability to speak.  Blood supply can be limited secondary to a blockage of the blood vessels, which is referred to as an ischemic stroke, or secondary to a rupture or leak of a blood vessels, which is referred to as a hemorrhagic stroke. If symptoms of the stroke resolve within 24 hours, it is referred to as a transient ischemic attack (TIA). If symptoms persist more than 24 hours, it is diagnosed as a stroke.

A quick acronym to see if you or someone you know has had a stroke is FAST:

F—Face drooping

A—Arm weakness

S—Speech difficulty

T—Time to call 911

Risk Factors For Stroke

Diagnosing Stroke

Symptoms of Stroke


Living With Stroke




Complementary and Alternative Treatment

Care Guide

When To Contact A Doctor

Questions For Your Doctor

Questions For A Doctor