A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced, preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die in minutes.
Stroke, also known as cerebrovascular accident or CVA for short, is a very serious medical condition which has slightly different symptoms in men and women. Stroke can be treated, but that depends on how quickly the affected person receives medical attention. If stroke symptoms are noticed early in an individual, it is best to get that individual to a hospital because the worse it (stroke) gets, the harder it becomes to treat it effectively. If the person does not receive medical attention on time, the consequences are brain damage, a disability and even death.