What is Stroke?

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the  No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (ruptures). When this happens, part of the brain cannot get the blood (and oxygen) it needs, so it and the brain cells die.

What are the Types of Stroke?

Stroke can be caused either by a clot obstructing the flow of blood to the brain (called an ischemic stroke) or by a blood vessel rupturing and preventing blood flow to the brain (called a hemorrhagic stroke). A TIA (transient ischemic attack), or "mini stroke", is caused by a temporary clot.

What are the Symptoms of Stroke?

Remember to BE FAST During COVID-19

Even though many aspects of our lifestyles have slowed since the spread of COVID-19, our bodies have not. Health complications, such as stroke, can still arise when we least expect them.  Jefferson Health has taken the necessary steps to ensure all patients and providers are safe at all of our locations. To learn more about the safety measures in place, click HERE.

Stroke is incredibly common and is currently the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. If you or a loved one experience the symptoms of a stroke, do not hesitate to call 9-1-1. Our Emergency Department and Neuro teams are still here to provide care when you need it most. To recognize the symptoms, remember BE FAST.  


What are the Effects of Stroke?

The brain is an extremely complex organ that controls various body functions. If a stroke occurs and blood flow can't reach the region that controls a particular body function, that part of the body won't work as it should.