Home > Medical > Stroke Stroke All sections in Stroke » About Stroke » All about Blood Clots » Brain Facts » FAQs » Health Tips » Life after Stroke » New Studies » Stroke News » Support » Transient Ischaemic Attack Number of stroke deaths declining in US Stroke deaths in the United States have been dropping for more than 100 years and have declined 30% in the past 11 years. Thought-controlled device gets limbs moving Walking may reduce stroke risk Walking may cut stroke risk in older men High tungsten levels may raise stroke risk See All Stroke News » Stroke Overview How is a stroke treated? What are the risk factors for a stroke? What are the symptoms of a stroke? How is a stroke diagnosed? What are the causes of a stroke? What is a stroke? What is Stroke? 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. Take Action Ask CyberDoc » Quiz Am I eating too much fat? » Quiz Am I eating to optimise my health? » Subscribe Newsletters » 10 salty food culprits 10 foods with hidden fat advertisement About stroke You're not too young to have a stroke Stroke: you only have three hours A complete guide to stroke Stroke - act fast and save a life See All About stroke » All about blood clots All about blood clots Symptoms of a blood clot See All All about blood clots » Life after a stroke A stroke changed my daughter's life Soft diets for stroke patients Eating problems experienced by stroke patients Life after a stroke: finding a new voice See All Life after a stroke » Transient ischaemic attack Beware of a mini stroke Transient Ischaemic Attack See All Transient ischaemic attack » Advertorials A simple test could save your life A simple test could save your life See All Advertorials » Brain facts What atherosclerosis does to the body Myths and interesting facts about stroke Fascinating brain facts See All Brain facts » New studies Can migraine cause stroke? Treat hypertension to prevent stroke See All New studies » From our sponsors Your retirement - a healthy mindset So many people, why so alone? You can still enjoy the sweet things in life Take the sugar test, it could save your life.