Brain Attack or Brain Stroke

What is Brain Attack?

Brain Attack, also known as brain stroke, happens when the blood supply to a part of your brain is interrupted. Due to deficiency of oxygen and nutrients, the brain cells start to die. Brain attack is a crucial condition and an early action can help to reduce brain damage and complications.


Look for these signs and side effects:

  • Issues while walking
  • Issue with speaking and comprehension.
  • Cerebral pain (Headache)
  • Issue with seeing in one or both eyes
  • Loss of motion or deadness of the face, arm or leg


A brain attack might occur because of a blocked artery or bursting of a vein. Few people may encounter just a transitory interruption of blood stream to their brain which is called transient ischemic attack


The following can increase your danger of a brain attack

  • Use of drugs
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Laziness
  • Being overweight


Brain attack can be prevented by the following means:

  • Avoid Stress
  • Quit smoking
  • Be more active to control your cholesterol

How is it diagnosed?

To decide the most proper treatment for your brain attack, your doctor needs to assess the kind of stroke you've had and the areas of your brain influenced by the stroke. Your specialist may utilis...

How is it treated?

Treatment for brain attack depends on the type of stroke. The most common kind of brain attack is hemorrhagic brain attack which involves internal bleeding in your brain. Ischemic brain attack involves blocking an artery in your brain. The doctor ..

  • Emergency medications

    Injection of TPA (Tissue plasminogen activator) restores blood flow by dissolving the clot responsible for the brain attack.

  • Clot removal

    A catheter (flexible tube) is used to physically break down the clot in your brain.

  • Angioplasty

    The specialist tenderly explores the carotid arteries in your neck. An inflatable is then used to expand the artery and a stent is embedded to support the open artery

  • Carotid endarterectomy

    A specialist removes plaque from conduits that run throughout each side of your neck to your carotid artery. The specialist, then, makes a cut along the front of your neck, opens your carotid artery and clears plaque that is affecting the carotid supply route.

When do I contact the doctor?

Look for immediate medical help in case you see any signs or indications of a brain attack, regardless of the possibility that they appear or vanish.

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How does Medanta provide care?

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