Stroke Fact Sheet
A stroke is a blockage in blood flow to a part of the brain. A stroke is also called a "cerebrovascular accident" or a "brain attack". Symptoms of stroke can include weakness or paralysis, loss of feeling, disturbance of vision, blindness in one eye, problems with speaking, problems with swallowing, loss of balance, severe headache, or fainting. Because a stroke can lead to the loss of use of the part of the brain that is affected, it should be treated with the same urgency as a heart attack and the person experiencing the symptoms should obtain medical help immediately.