What Is A Stroke? Essay

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What is a stroke? A stroke is a major medical emergency. It happens when the brain isn’t getting the oxygen that it needs, and the blood flow to your brain stops. This causes brain cells to die which can result in loss of memory, speech, and/or loss of movement. There are two different kinds of strokes, ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke. An ischemic stroke happens when there is a blood clot that blocks a blood vessel in the brain, this is the most common type of stroke. Hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel bursts and causes bleeding in the brain. There is also “mini strokes” or transient ischemic attacks that occur when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted briefly (National Library of Medicine, 2014).
The effects of a stroke are determined by the location of the brain and how much was affected. If the stroke occurs on the right side of the brain, the left side of the body with be affected. If it occurs on the left side of the brain, the right side of the body will be affected. The front of the brain is the frontal lobe-planning and thinking. The temporal lobe on the side of the brain is for memory and speech, occipital lobe in the back of the brain is for visual processing, and the parietal lobe above the occipital is for types of recognition. If a stroke occurs at the brain stem, is can effect both sides of the body and can leave someone unable to speak or move at all below the neck.
Stroke symptoms can happen very fast, and you…

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