F.A.S.T Help for Stroke

Facts about stroke

What is a stroke?

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain either bursts, or is blocked by a clot. This causes brain cells to die, resulting in potential paralysis, loss of speech, visual impairment and other problems.

A stroke isn't a one-size-fits-all condition. There are many forms, ranging from mild to severe. The two most common types of stroke are ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when there's a blockage (a clot or a narrowed artery) that restricts blood flow to the brain. Bleeding in the brain, due to a broken blood vessel, causes hemorrhagic strokes.

The sooner one is treated for stroke, the better!

The Hartford HealthCare Neurosciences Institute connects you to the latest advancements in neurological care, including stroke.

The Signs of Stroke

Dr. Amre Nouh, Director of The Stroke Center At Hartford Hospital, outlines basic stroke facts. 


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