What is a cerebral embolism?

A cerebral embolism is a blood clot that originates somewhere else in the body, usually in the heart or in the neck blood vessels, that then travels to the brain. This creates a blockage of blood flow to the brain and causes a stroke.

Embolism occurs when a collection of material such as a clot or plaque is carried through the circulatory system and becomes lodged in a vessel in such a way that it blocks blood flow. Cerebral embolism refers to blockage of a cerebral (brain) vessel by an embolus (clot or plaque). This is one form of stroke.

Dr. Benjamin J. Cohen, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
A cerebral embolism is a blood clot that travels from the heart to the brain. In this video, Ben Cohen, MD, a cardiologist at West Hills Hospital, describes how a cerebral embolism occurs in the body. 

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