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Stroke: Don't Ignore These Warning Signs

An Attack on Your Brain

Strokes are sometimes referred to as "brain attacks." The most common type of stroke happens when an embolus (an obstruction like a blood clot or fragmented cholesterol plaque) prevents fresh, oxygenated blood from getting to the brain. Nearby brain cells are denied oxygen and nutrients, so they begin to die.

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Medically Reviewed By: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS | Last Review Date:

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Medical References

  1. What You Need to Know About Stroke. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National Institutes of Health. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/stroke/stroke_needtoknow.htm
  2. Recognizing Stroke. National Stroke Association.http://www.stroke.org/understand-stroke/recognizing-stroke?pagename=SYMP
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