Stroke: The Facts
Posted 24 July 2008
There are two types of stroke – those caused by blood clots in the brain and those that occur when blood vessels burst. In both cases, the brain is starved of oxygen, damaging or killing cells. Sufferers are often left with difficulty talking, walking and performing other basic tasks. The chance of suffering a stroke is cut by eating healthily, quitting smoking and drinking less alcohol. People at risk of stroke are often treated with aspirin. After a stroke, various drug treatments are available and rehabilitation is commonly used to improve patients’ speech and movement.