Types of Stroke
A stroke can happen when the following occurs:
- A blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain is blocked by a blood clot. This is called an ischemic stroke.
- A blood vessel breaks open, causing blood to leak into the brain. This is called a hemorrhagic stroke.
- An artery leading to or inside the brain becomes blocked for a short period of time. This is called a mini-stroke or TIA.
If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.
A stroke involves loss of brain functions caused by a loss of blood circulation to areas of the brain. The blockage usually occurs when a clot or piece of atherosclerotic plaque breaks away from another area of the body and lodges within the vasculature of the brain.
Contact Stroke Center
For more information on Doylestown Hospital's Stroke Resource Center, please call Brooke Kearins, CRNP at 215-345-0105.