Stroke Basics: What is a Stroke?

If you’ve been around for long enough, chances are that you know someone who has suffered a stroke. Perhaps it was a close friend or other loved one, or maybe you’ve even been through one yourself. But even if you haven’t, it’s quite likely that you’ve heard the term at the very least. For a quick refresher, let’s go over the basics of what a stroke actually is.

Simply put, a stroke is similar to a heart attack. However, instead of being in a person’s heart, a stroke happens in the brain. Oftentimes, they are associated with older individuals, but a stroke can happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age.

You might be wondering what exactly it is that causes a stroke to occur, so let’s look at that now. A stroke occurs when blood flow to a particular area in the brain is suddenly stopped. When this happens, the brain cells lose their source of oxygen and begin to die off as a result. When these brain cells die off, any abilities that are controlled by the affected area of the brain are then lost—things like memory or muscle control. But while certain actions (such as loss of muscle control, speech, etc.) are similar across the board from person to person, it is important to remember that not everyone is affected by the same thing the same way. Just because two people suffer a stroke doesn’t mean they’ll each have the same exact outcome. This is due to where the stroke happens in the brain of each individual, as well as how much damage the brain sustained during the stroke.

If you or your loved one faces a stroke, heart attack, or similar condition, we encourage you to contact the caring and experienced team at Bratton Law today. We can create a life care plan that will coordinate all medical services, help figure out how to pay for the necessary care and include legal protection to help preserve your loved one’s assets. Give us a call at 856-857-6007