A stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to part of the brain or when a blood vessel in or around the brain bursts. In either case, parts of the brain become damaged or die.
If you notice any signs or symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 immediately. The chance that you will survive and recover from a stroke is higher if you get emergency treatment right away. Stroke is a leading cause of death in the United States.1
For stroke survivors, recovery can take months or years. Many people who have had a stroke never fully recover.
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