Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)

Posted by zchelle Monday, May 5, 2008

A stroke also called "CVA" or brain attack is a sudden interruption in the blood flow in the brain. It can be due to either a blockage or a rupture in blood vessel in or leading to the brain.

Types of Stroke

1. Ischemic Stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is being blocked.
a. Thrombotic occurs when damage arteries become blocked by the formation of blood clot with in the brain

b. Embolic Stroke caused by a clot with in an artery, but in this case the clot/ emboli was formed somewhere other that brain itself.
2. Hemorragic Stroke occurs when a blood vessel burst inside the brain.