A stroke occurs when something interferes with the blood supply to part of the brain, or when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, according to the CDC. When this occurs, the parts of the brain that lose blood supply become damaged or die.
Strokes can lead to lasting brain damage, long term disability, and even death. Because each part of the brain has a different function, from memory and speech to movement and cognition, the effects of stroke depend on the area of the brain that was affected.
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