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Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic stroke, as defined by the American Heart Association, occurs when a clot or a mass clogs a blood vessel, cutting off the blood flow to brain cells. The underlying condition for this type of obstruction is the development of fatty deposits lining the vessel walls. This condition is called atherosclerosis.




87% of all strokes are ischemic

10% are intracerebral hemorrhages

3% are subarachnoid hemorrhages


Roger VL, Go AS, Lloyd-Jones DM, et al.
Heart disease and stroke statistics–2011
update: a report from
the American Heart Association.
Circulation. 2011;123(4):e18-e209





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