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Stroke Care in Provo

What is a Stroke?

A stroke, or brain attack, happens when blood flow to your brain is stopped. It is an emergency situation.

The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients in order to work well. If blood supply is stopped, even for a short time, this call cause problems. Brain cells begin to die after just minutes without blood or oxygen.

When brain cells die, brain function is lost. You may not be able to do things that are controlled by that part of the brain. For example, a stroke may affect your ability to:

  • Move
  • Speak
  • Eat
  • Think and remember
  • Control your bowel and bladder
  • Control your emotions
  • Control other vital body functions

A stroke can happen to anyone at anytime.

What Causes a Stroke?

A stroke is caused when blood flow to your brain is stopped or disrupted.

Types of Strokes

There are two types of strokes.

  • Ischemic Stroke: This is the most common type of stroke. It happens when a major blood vessel in the brain is blocked. It may be blocked by a blood clot or by a build up of fatty deposit and cholesterol called plaque.
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke: This occurs when a blood vessel in your brain bursts, spilling blood into nearby tissues. With a hemorrhagic stroke, pressure builds up in the nearby tissues. This causes even more damage and irritation.

Utah Valley Clinic Neurological Center

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Park on the north side of Utah Valley Hospital in either Parking Terrace. Enter through Entrance #4 of the Utah Valley Clinic building. Take public elevators to 5th Floor.