Stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is stopped, causing brain cells to die. There are two kinds of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic strokes happen when a blood clot or plaque buildup blocks a blood vessel in the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes result from blood vessels breaking and leaking into or around the brain.
Before having a stroke, some people experience transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), also known as “mini-strokes.” These are mild strokes that result from a brief interruption of blood flow to the brain.
At Advanced Associates in Neurology (AAN), we offer preventive screening for the blood clots and plaque buildup that cause ischemic stroke.