Your Stroke Guide

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted or severely limited, cutting off oxygen and nutrients from brain tissue. Brain cells start dying within minutes after a stroke. Strokes are also called brain attacks, as opposed to heart attacks where blood stops flowing to the heart. There are two major types of stroke: ischaemic and haemhorragic. An ischaemic stroke occurs as a result of an obstruction within a blood vessel supplying blood to the brain, whereas a haemhorragic occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures. Mini-strokes, also called Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) are caused by a temporary blood clot and should be taken very seriously as they may lead to a full-blown stroke, if left untreated.

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Dr Naeem Brey completed his MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery) degree in 2003 at the University of Cape Town. In 2010 he started he started specialising in Neurology at Tygerberg Hospital and graduated with his specialist exam in FCNeurol (Fellowship of the College of Neurology) in May 2013.

He has a particular interest in stroke as well autoimmune and demyelinating neurological illnesses. Read more about Dr Naeem Brey

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