What is a Stroke?

A stroke happens when blood flowing to the brain  is suddenly stopped or disrupted.  Blood may stop moving for two reasons;  The artery may break or burst causing bleeding.  This is called a haemorrhagic stroke and accounts for half the cases of childhood stroke.  Blood flow is blocked by a clot or plaque.  This is called an ischaemic stroke and accounts for a quarter of cases.  When blood stops flowing, the brain does not receive the oxygen required therfore the brain cells in the area die and permanent damage may occur.  For more  information we have listed some websites that will be helpful.

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