What Causes a Stroke

What causes a stroke? A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of your brain is blocked or reduced. Without the oxygen and nutrients in your blood, brain cells start dying within minutes.

While there are different types of strokes and different ways that strokes can happen, in all strokes, parts of the brain become damaged or die.

A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.

There are two different types of strokes:

  • Ischaemic strokes
  • Haemorrhagic strokes

Ischemic stroke

In 8 out of 10 strokes, a blood vessel that takes blood to your brain gets blocked. This can happen when fatty deposits in your arteries (known as plaque), break off and travel to the brain.

Blood clots usually form when the arteries have been narrowed or blocked by fatty deposits known as plaque.

This process is known as atherosclerosis.

As you get older, your arteries become less flexible and can become blocked with plaque.

This is caused by our bodies inability to produce nitric oxide as our bodies age. Nitric oxide is our bodies way of restoring electricity to our blood vessels while naturally removing the build up of plaque.

The Human Body contains over 100,000 miles of blood vessels.

However, smoking, being overweight and excessive alcohol can all be contributory factors to having a stroke.

Atrial fibrillation can also cause an ischaemic stroke. Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat. This can cause blood clots to form in the heart. These blood clots may travel to the brain and block the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain.

Haemorrhagic stroke

It’s less common than an ischemic stroke but can be more serious. A blood vessel in your brain balloons up and bursts, or a weakened one leaks.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure and taking too much blood thinner medication can lead to this type of stroke.

What to do if you are worried about getting a stroke?

If you are worried about having a stroke or if you are recovering from a stroke then contact us to arrange a free consultation. Our team of experts will explain how our V3 Protocol can help prevent a stroke by literally dissolving the plaque in your body to increase blood flow or enable your body to heal itself if you have had a stroke by the same process.