A stroke can happen when the following occurs:
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.
For more information on Doylestown Hospital's Stroke Resource Center, please call Brooke Kearins, CRNP at 215-345-0105.