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What is a Stroke?

A stroke is a kind of brain injury, that happens when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted usually in one of two ways:

Both of these can cause part of the brain tissue to die.

Sometimes people can have a mini-stroke or a Transient Ischaemic Attack  (TIA).  These can be "warning strokes" that produce stroke like symptoms but don't have any lasting damage.

It is important to recognise the signs of stroke and to get medical attention as soon as possible. 

The possible effects of a stroke will vary for each individual. Each person has a different experience when they have a stroke.  No two people are the same.