Hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a rupture in a weakened blood vessel in the brain. Hemorrhagic stroke is rarer than an ischemic stroke, making up only 13 percent of all strokes. Learn about treatment options for the best chance of long-term recovery.
Ischemic (“is-skeem-ic”) stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked. The brain depends on its arteries to bring fresh blood from the heart and lungs. The blood carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain, and takes away carbon dioxide and cellular waste.
There are two main types of cerebrovascular accident, or stroke: an ischemic stroke is caused by a blockage; a hemorrhagic stroke is caused by the rupture of a blood vessel. Both types of stroke deprive part of the brain of blood and oxygen, causing brain cells to die.