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Stroke

A stroke or "brain attack" occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery (a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body) or a blood vessel (a tube through which the blood moves through the body) breaks, interrupting blood flow to an area of the brain. When either of these things happen, brain cells begin to die end brain damage occurs.

When brain cells die during a stroke, abilities controlled by that area of the brain are lost. These abilities include speech, movement and memory. How a stroke patient is affected depends on where the stroke occurs in the brain and how much the brain is damaged.

For example, someone who has a small stroke may experience only minor problems such as weakness of an arm or leg. People who have larger strokes may be paralyzed on one side or lose their ability to speak. Some people recover completely from strokes, but more than 2/3 of survivors will have some type of disability.

As a caregiver, you can take steps to make the transition from hospital to home easier on everyone:

Always in search of advancing technologies to assist patients and their families, National Stroke Association is proud to announce its newest partnership with CarePages.com. Now families and friends can be kept better abreast of a patient's condition, upcoming surgeries and prognosis all in one central location: On the patient's CarePage. "Emotional Rx", CarePages is a great way to provide patient's and their families with emotional support.