87 percent of Strokes are Ischemic Strokes Caused by a Clot
An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies the brain
becomes blocked or "clogged" and impairs blood flow to part of the
brain. The brain cells and tissues begin to die within minutes from lack
of oxygen and nutrients. The area of tissue death is called an infarct.
About 87% of strokes fall into this category. Ischemic strokes are
further divided into 2 groups, including the following:
Thrombotic strokes. These are caused by a blood
clot that develops in the blood vessels inside the brain.
Embolic strokes. These are caused by a blood
clot or plaque debris that develops elsewhere in the body and
then travels to 1 of the blood vessels in the brain via the
if you believe you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency.
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