What is a Stroke

These days, many people are worried about strokes and their effect on their health. So, what is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious life-threatening medical condition that occurs when something blocks the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts.

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, as they are not getting the oxygen and nutrients they need.

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

Different Types of Stroke

There are two types of stroke:

  • Ischemic stroke
  • Haemorrhagic stroke

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is sometimes called a “mini-stroke”. It is different from the major types of stroke, because blood flow to the brain is blocked for only a short time – usually less than 5 minutes.

Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic strokes occur when blood supply is cut off to part of the brain. This type of stroke accounts for the vast majority of strokes.

The blocked blood flow in an ischemic stroke may be caused by a blood clot or by atherosclerosis, a disease which causes narrowing of the arteries over time. Ischemic strokes can be caused by a blockage anywhere along the arteries feeding the brain.

Haemorrhagic Stroke

A haemorrhagic stroke occurs when blood from an artery suddenly begins bleeding into the brain. As a result, the part of the body controlled by the damages area of the brain cannot work properly.

There are two main types of haemorrhagic stroke:

  • Intracranial haemorrhages, when the bleeding occurs inside the brain
  • Subarachnoid haemorrhages, when the bleeding occurs between the brain and the membranes that cover it

How Common are Strokes?

According to the World Health Organisation, every year 15 Million people will suffer a stroke.

Strokes are medical emergencies and urgent treatment is essential. The sooner the stroke victim receives treatment, the less damage is likely to be caused.

If you suspect that you or someone else is having a stroke, call for an ambulance immediately.

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

If you 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 cardiovascular system thereby enabling better blood flow, and similarly help your body to heal itself if you have had a stroke.