There are 3 types of strokes. Here’s what you need to know about them

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The type of stroke a person has affects both the type of treatment they receive and whether they are able to recover fully or at all.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention there are three main types of stroke: Ischemic, Hemorrhagic and Transient ischemic attack, also called a “mini-stroke.”

Click ahead for an explanation of each. You can also learn about the health conditions and lifestyle habits that can increase your risk for stroke.

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1. Ischemic Stroke

There are 3 types of strokes. Here's what you need to know about them

Most strokes (87%) are ischemic strokes, according to the CDC. An ischemic stroke happens when blood flow through the artery that supplies oxygen-rich blood to the brain becomes blocked. Blood clots often cause the blockages that lead to ischemic strokes.

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2. Hemorrhagic stroke

There are 3 types of strokes. Here's what you need to know about them

A hemorrhagic stroke happens when an artery in the brain leaks blood or ruptures. The leaked blood then puts too much pressure on brain cells, which damages them. High blood pressure and aneurysms—balloon-like bulges in an artery that can stretch and burst—are examples of conditions that can cause a hemorrhagic stroke.

According to the CDC, there are two types of hemorrhagic strokes:

  • Intracerebral hemorrhage is the most common type of hemorrhagic stroke. It occurs when an artery in the brain bursts, flooding the surrounding tissue with blood.
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage is a less common type of hemorrhagic stroke. It refers to bleeding in the area between the brain and the thin tissues that cover it.

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3. Transient ischemic attack

There are 3 types of strokes. Here's what you need to know about them

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is sometimes called a “mini-stroke.” It is different from the major types of stroke because blood flow to the brain is blocked for only a short time—usually no more than five minutes.

According to the CDC, it is important to know that:

  • A TIA is a warning sign of a future stroke.
  • A TIA is a medical emergency, just like a major stroke.
  • Strokes and TIAs require emergency care. Call 9-1-1 right away if you feel signs of a stroke or see symptoms in someone around you.
  • There is no way to know in the beginning whether symptoms are from a TIA or from a major type of stroke.
  • Like ischemic strokes, blood clots often cause TIAs.
  • More than a third of people who have a TIA and don’t get treatment have a major stroke within 1 year. As many as 10% to 15% of people will have a major stroke within 3 months of a TIA.2

Recognizing and treating TIAs can lower the risk of a major stroke. If you have a TIA, your health care team can find the cause and take steps to prevent a major stroke.

This article was produced and syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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There are 3 types of strokes. Here's what you need to know about them

Constance Brinkley-Badgett

Constance Brinkley-Badgett is MediaFeed’s executive editor. She has more than 20 years of experience in digital, broadcast and print journalism, as well as several years of agency experience in content marketing. She has served as a digital producer at NBC Nightly News, Senior Producer at CNBC, Managing Editor at ICF Next, and as a tax reporter at Bloomberg BNA.

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