Stroke is a block in a blood vessel or a rupture of a blood vessel inside the brain, which is sometimes called as 'brain attack'. When a stroke occurs, brain cells in the immediate area begin to die because they stop getting oxygen and the nutrients they need to function.
There are mainly two types of stroke:
In an acute ischaemic stroke, the blood flow to a part of the brain is interrupted because of sudden blockage of a blood vessel. The blockage is usually due to a blood clot and starves the brain of needed oxygen and nutrients. The centre of the starved area may die quickly, however the surrounding area may die slowly over hours, thus allowing hope of recovery.
You can make a difference in your life or in the life of your dear one suffering from stroke by joining the Stroke and Paralysis Support Group. We meet every Second Saturday of the month at Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital.
For more information about the Stroke Team at the Centre for Brain and Nervous system click here