Types of stroke

A stroke happens when blood cannot supply oxygen and important nutrients to your brain cells. When brain cells do not get enough oxygen or nutrients, they die. A stroke can happen in two main ways: 

  1. A blood clot or cholesterol plaque blocks a blood vessel. This is called an ischaemic stroke.
  2. A blood vessel leaks or breaks. This is called a haemorrhagic stroke.

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  • Blocked artery

    Ischaemic strokes are caused by a blood clot or plaque.

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  • Bleed

    Haemorrhagic strokes are caused by a break in a blood vessel in the brain.

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  • TIA

    A transient ischaemic attack (TIA) is when blood supply to the brain is blocked temporarily.

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