What dangers do strokes pose?

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A stroke occurs when arteries carrying blood to the brain are blocked by a clot or rupture, causing a hemorrhage. When blood flow to the brains stops, there is an almost immediate impact on the parts of the brain that are not getting oxygen or nutrients.

When no blood gets to the brain stem, the basic life support functions including heart rate and breathing are threatened. If the clot prevents blood from reaching the cerebellum, a person might lose control of their muscles. In the cerebrum, the loss of blood can cause damage to lobes that process sensory information, control motor function and produce speech. The loss of blood in the two halves of the cortex threatens the brain's ability to perform analytical and perceptive tasks as well as governing movement for the opposite side of the body.

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Effects of Stroke

Effects of Stroke

A stroke can leave someone disabled or even cause death if not treated in time. Complications may depend on the type of stroke, but brain damage is likely to occur because the blood supply to the brain has been interrupted. Some e...

ffects of stroke include difficulty communicating, memory loss, paralysis, difficulty walking, seizures, urinary tract infections and bladder control issues, depression and increased risk of another stroke. To reduce damage, getting a stroke victim help as soon as possible is key. Doctors will treat based on the type of stroke, hemorrhagic or ischemic. Learn more about the permanent and temporary effects of stroke with expert advice from Sharecare.
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