Ischemic stroke is a problem with blood flow getting to the brain, usually caused by a blood clot that clogs the artery. Blood clots may either form in the brain artery itself or form in the heart or carotid artery then break off and lodge in the smaller vessels of the brain. As a result, when blood flow is unable to get to brain, the brain cells do not receive oxygen and begin to die – usually within minutes of the stroke. Interventions such as powerful blood thinners (e.g. tissue plasminogen activator or tPA) or procedures to mechanically break up the clot are available, but they are only effective if done before too many cells die—usually within a few hours of symptom onset.

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