A stroke is a brain attack. When this life-endangering event happens, areas of the brain are deprived of oxygenated blood and their cells begin to die. However, stroke is a general term for three distinct brain attacks that can each lead to extensive disability and even death without immediate treatment. Brandon Regional Hospital offers rapid stroke care services for Hillsborough County residents.
Arteries are structures that bring oxygenated blood to all areas of the body, including the brain. The tissues that make up these structures are durable and flexible, but any number of circumstances can lead to their rupture. Hypertension is one common condition that can weaken arteries in the brain and cause them to burst. When blood seeps into the brain, it both can damage affected areas and deny oxygen to its intended destination. This type of stroke is called a hemorrhagic bleed.
Transient Ischemic Attack
In many cases, strokes happen because blood can reach the brain as the result of a blockage. In some situations, this blockage may not be permanent. A transient ischemic attack occurs when an artery that supplies blood to the brain suffers an obstruction for a temporary duration of time. While a transient ischemic attack may not last indefinitely, it can still cause significant brain damage and be a precursor to a more serious stroke.
Of all stroke types, an ischemic attack is the most common. Like a transient ischemic attack, this form of stroke prevents the flow of blood to the brain because of an arterial obstruction. However, ischemic strokes do not clear up on their own. Therefore, for each minute that an ischemic stroke goes untreated, the brain can suffer considerable oxygen deprivation and cellular death. As with other forms of stroke, an ischemic attack demands immediate medical attention. Only with the help of a qualified stroke care team can a person suffering from a stroke receive appropriate treatment to remove the blockage and prevent further brain damage.
Are you at risk for stroke? If you don’t know your blood pressure or cholesterol numbers, call Brandon Regional Hospital at (888) 327-2636. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can help you get in touch with a healthcare professional and provide additional information on our complete stroke care services.