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What are the two forms of stroke?

There are two forms of stroke: ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic stroke is the blockage of a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. Ischemic strokes account for 80 percent of all strokes. Hemorrhagic stroke is bleeding into or around the brain. Hemorrhagic strokes account for 20 percent of all strokes. The symptoms of stroke appear suddenly and include numbness or weakness, especially on one side of the body; confusion or trouble speaking or understanding speech; trouble seeing in one or both eyes; trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination; or severe headache with no known cause. Often more than one of these symptoms will be present, but they all appear suddenly.


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