Heart Fact or Myth #10: Strokes occur in the heart

MYTH

Contrary to common belief, strokes occur in the brain.

A Cerebrovascular Accident or “brain attack” occurs when blood flow to part of the brain completely stops, which deprives the brain from oxygen. On the contrary, a heart attack occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery and deprives the heart from oxygen.

Blood flow to the brain stops for two reasons. One of the reasons is because a blood clot blocks an artery, which is a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body. Also, a blood vessel can break and interrupt the blood flow to the brain. Due to these cardiovascular issues, it is common for strokes to be associated with the heart.

One of the biggest signs of a stroke is a severe and sudden headache. Other symptoms include: blurred vision, difficulty speaking, and numbness in your face, arm, or leg.

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Information for this post was found via Stroke.org.

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