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The main types of stroke are ischaemic stroke and haemorrhagic stroke. An ischaemic stroke is when something blocks the blood supply to your brain. A haemorrhagic stroke is due to bleeding in your brain. For more information, see our section on Causes.
A stroke can happen if something blocks the blood supply to your brain or if a blood vessel in your brain bursts. Strokes are more likely as you get older. They can also be linked to various medical conditions and lifestyle factors. To find out more, see our section on Causes.
You’ll need hospital treatment immediately after having a stroke, to treat the cause of your stroke. You may have a number of long-term problems afterwards. These may include physical, communication and emotional problems. You’ll have help and support to help you recover. To find out more, see our section on Recovery.
Exactly how a stroke affects you is very individual to you. However, fewer people survive haemorrhagic strokes than ischaemic strokes. Whichever type of stroke you have, it’s really important to seek medical help quickly. This will improve your chances of surviving the stroke and having a full recovery. For more information on how to recognise signs of stroke, see our section on Symptoms.
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