The 2 Types of Stroke
There are two kinds of strokes: ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, usually by a blood clot. These clots may be caused by “hardening of the arteries” in the carotid arteries, which feed the head and brain with oxygen-rich blood. The second kind of stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, occurs when there is bleeding into or around the brain.
The long-term effects of stroke can include permanent brain damage, impaired vision or speech, paralysis, and depression. Fortunately, the quality of life after a stroke episode can be greatly improved with rehabilitation. Rehabilitation aims to improve motor and cognitive function as much as possible, regaining a sense of independence for the stroke sufferer.