A stroke occurs when the brain’s blood flow and supply is interrupted. This happens when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a blood clot or suddenly ruptures. As a result, part of the brain cannot get the blood and oxygen it needs to function properly, and brain cells die.
A Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), often called a ministroke, is a temporary period of symptoms similar to those of a stroke. A TIA usually lasts only a few minutes and doesn’t cause permanent damage to the nerve functions and system nevertheless, it can be a sign for a future stroke if the proper care and precautions are not fulfilled. According to statistics about 1 in 3 people who had a transient ischemic attack eventually had a stroke, with about half occurring within a year after the transient ischemic attack.