Ischemic Versus Hemorrhagic Stroke

Damage in the brain causing an ischemic stroke and a hemorrhagic stroke

An ischemic stroke happens when a blood vessel (artery) supplying blood to an area of the brain becomes blocked by a blood clot. About 80 out of 100 strokes are ischemic strokes.

A hemorrhagic stroke happens when an artery in the brain leaks or bursts (ruptures).

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer 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

Current as ofDecember 6, 2017

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