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Stroke in Midlife

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A stroke is a brain attack, which can affect thinking, movement, speech and/or senses, and is caused by blockage or rupture of a blood vessel within or surrounding the brain. When a brain attack occurs, it kills brain cells in the immediate area. A stroke can occur at any age, even in babies and infants.

These Speaking from Experience video clips offer first-hand accounts from people who have experienced stroke. It was produced in partnership with BrainLink.

Last reviewed: April 2011

  Click on the Animations tab to view 3D medical animations about this illness.

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