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What's the difference between ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and embolic stroke?

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Dr. Seth Zeidman
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In brief: Pathophysiology

Ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked.
A thrombotic stroke occurs when diseased or damaged cerebral arteries become blocked by the formation of a blood clot within the brain. An embolic stroke is also caused by a clot within an artery, but in this case the clot (or emboli) forms somewhere other than in the brain itself. Hemorrhagic stroke is sudden bleed into the brain.

In brief: Pathophysiology

Ischemic stroke occurs when an artery to the brain is blocked.
A thrombotic stroke occurs when diseased or damaged cerebral arteries become blocked by the formation of a blood clot within the brain. An embolic stroke is also caused by a clot within an artery, but in this case the clot (or emboli) forms somewhere other than in the brain itself. Hemorrhagic stroke is sudden bleed into the brain.
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