What is a stroke?
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted, causing neurons (brain cells) to die. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel, which carries oxygen- and nutrient-rich blood to the brain, is either blocked (an ischaemic stroke) or bursts (a haemorrhagic stroke).
What is the most common type of stroke?
Ischaemic stroke is the most common type, accounting for more than 80% of all stroke cases. In an ischaemic stroke, a blood vessel can be blocked by a blood clot or by an embolus (an object carried through the bloodstream) from another part of the body.
Learn more about stroke
- Stroke facts
- Stroke signs and symptoms
- QBI's Stroke Recovery Laboratories
- QBI's Stroke Advisory Board
Stroke sesearch at QBI
Dr Lavinia Codd suffered a stroke at age 31. She went on to complete her PhD and is now a postdoctoral researcher at QBI. Dr Codd leads the Institute's stroke research fundraising initiative.
In 2015 The Stroke Foundation launched enableme, a free online resource and community for stroke survivors, their families and supporters. enableme provides:
- Resources, fact sheets and videos on a wide range of practical topics impacting daily life after stroke
- A community forum to ask questions and share experiences with other stroke survivors, their families and carers who have ‘been there’
- A tool to track personal goals to recovery
- Strokesaurus – an A to Z guide to language used around stroke explained in simple words