A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain ischemic stroke. Other strokes are caused by bleeding into brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts hemorrhagic stroke. Because stroke occurs rapidly and requires immediate treatment, stroke is also called a brain attack. When the symptoms of a stroke last only a short time (less than an hour), this is called a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or mini-stroke. Stroke has many consequences.
The effects of a stroke depend on which part of the brain is injured, and how severely it is injured. Strokes may cause sudden weakness, loss of sensation, or difficulty with speaking, seeing, or walking. Since different parts of the brain control different areas and functions, it is usually the area immediately surrounding the stroke that is affected. Sometimes people with stroke have a headache, but stroke can also be completely painless. It is very important to recognize the warning signs of stroke and to get immediate medical attention if they occur.
Our neurological physical, occupational and speech therapists at Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital are specially trained to treat people who have suffered a stroke. They possess a strong understanding of the many difficulties associated with this neurological event.
Stroke Wellness Program