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How do you get a Stroke?

27 June 2007
Brain blood flow can be interrupted in two ways:
  • By blockage of an artery (blood vessel) to part of the brain. This is usually due to a blood clot forming inside an artery on the surface of a fatty deposit that has built up over time. It can also be due to a wandering clot moving to block an artery supplying part of the brain.
  • By rupture of an artery inside the brain. This results in bleeding and not enough blood reaching parts of the brain. It usually happens when high blood pressure has not been detected or treated.
Several risk factors have been identified, which when present can mean a person is more likely to get a stroke than if these factors were absent. Such factors include high blood pressure that isn't treated, diabetes, smoking, a family history of stroke, hardening of the arteries (arteriosclerosis) and an abnormal heart rhythm.

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