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Identifying Different Types of Stroke

Last updated 2 years ago

You might be surprised to learn that there are multiple types of stroke. However, all of them are caused by a disruption of blood to the brain. Stroke is a life-threatening medical problem that requires a prompt visit to the nearest stroke center for emergency treatment. If you think you or someone else could be suffering a stroke, call 911 for transportation to the closest emergency care hospital.

Transient Ischemic Stroke (TIA)

TIA is often referred to as a “mini stroke” because the disruption in blood flow is temporary. It occurs when a blood clot in the brain temporarily blocks circulation. The symptoms of TIA typically resolve within a matter of minutes. Although this type of stroke does not often cause permanent brain damage, it is not possible for a patient to discern the difference between TIA and another type of stroke. This means that it’s critical to get emergency medical care, even if the stroke may be temporary.

Embolic Stroke

Seniors most often suffer from ischemic stroke. Embolic stroke is one type of ischemic stroke in which a blood clot forms near the heart or elsewhere in the body. It then travels to the brain, where it blocks blood flow.

Thrombotic Stroke

Thrombotic stroke is another type of ischemic stroke. However, instead of a blood clot forming elsewhere in the body, it forms within an artery leading to the brain. This blood clot can form at an area in the blood vessel characterized by fatty plaque buildup.

Hemorrhagic Stroke

Hemorrhagic stroke is a less common type of stroke that occurs when a blood vessel in the brain bursts, causing bleeding onto the brain. As the blood accumulates, it exerts pressure on the brain tissue.

Palms of Pasadena Hospital provides a full spectrum of stroke care services, including emergency care, advanced diagnostics, inpatient care, acute rehabilitation, and home care services. Our Stroke Center on St. Pete Beach has received national acclaim for its commitment to excellence. Residents throughout the St. Petersburg area can learn more about our Stroke Center by calling (855) 245-8328.

 

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