What is a stroke
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Stroke attacks the brain - the human control centre - changing lives in an instant.
Your brain is fed by blood carrying oxygen and nutrients through blood vessels called arteries. A stroke happens when blood cannot get to your brain, because of a blocked or burst artery. As a result, your brain cells die due to a lack of oxygen and nutrients.
There are two types of stroke.
Both types of stroke stop blood getting to areas of the brain: