Factsheet - What is a stroke?


    • A stroke is caused by a bursting of, or blockage in, a vein or artery

    • This damage prevents the blood supply from getting to the normal part of the brain that the vein/artery feeds

    • The part of the brain starved of blood becomes damaged

    • Depending on where the damage is it can affect the person differently, e.g. loss of movement down one side of the body (paralysis), loss of the ability to say words

    • A stroke usually happens quite suddenly and may mean the person goes straight to hospital

    • Some strokes pass quickly (called transient ischaemic attacks) and there is no lasting damage

    • Some strokes result in permanent loss of certain movements or language skills

    • There are many services that will support you and your family after a stroke

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December 2012