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What is ischemic stroke?

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This is one of two types of stroke. Ischemic stroke is like a heart attack, except it happens in the blood vessels of the brain. It happens when a clot blocks blood flow to the brain, cutting off oxygen and energy that brain cells need to survive. Ischemic stroke also can be triggered by too much plaque (fatty deposits and cholesterol) that clogs the brain's blood vessels. Four out of 5 people who have a stroke have this type.

From: Heart Disease and Stroke WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 06, 2019

SOURCE: American Heart Association.

Reviewed by Suzanne R. Steinbaum on July 06, 2019

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