An ischemic stroke develops when a blood vessel (artery) supplying blood to an area of the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. The clot may form in the blood vessel (thrombus) or travel from somewhere else in the blood system (embolus).
About 80 out of 100 strokes are ischemic strokes. They are the most common type of stroke in older adults.
Current as of: July 14, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff Medical Review: E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology & Richard D. Zorowitz, MD - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation