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What is cerebrovascular accident (CVA)?

Steven A. Meyers, MD
Diagnostic Radiology
Cerebrovascular accident or CVA is another term for a stroke. There are several different types of stroke. The most common are ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur when blood flow is blocked. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when blood leaks into the brain through a damaged blood vessel.

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