What is a Stroke? A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which is carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain, bursts or is blocked by a clot.
This causes an interruption of the blood supply to part of the brain. This can damage or destroy brain cells which will affect body functions.
A stroke is a medical emergency. Therefore, recognising the symptoms and accessing treatment immediately can be crucial.
The term ‘stroke’ comes from the fact that it usually happens without warning, ‘striking’ the person from out of the blue. The effects of a stroke on the body are immediate.
Stroke symptoms include: