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Unfortunately, strokes (sometimes called "brain attacks") can damage brain tissue in the outer part of the brain (the cortex) or deeper structures in the brain underneath the cortex. When this happens, partial or complete loss of function may occur. Prior to stroke, a person may experience a stroke event called a transient ischemic attack (TIA). A TIA should not be ignored because it could be an indicator of future stroke.
Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke. A stroke can happen when the following occurs:
If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.
The faster a stroke patient receives treatment, the better the chances of recovery.
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