Stroke

A stroke happens when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. A stroke is sometimes called a "brain attack". If blood flow is stopped for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing permanent damage.

There are two types of strokes; ischemic and hemorrhagic. An ischemic stroke is the most common type of stroke. Ischemia is a medical term that means an inadequate blood supply. Therefore, an ischemic stroke occurs when there is a blockage of a blood vessel in the brain. This blocks blood carrying oxygen and nutrients from reaching the area of the brain that the blood vessel supplies. The blockage can be caused by a blood clot that is formed in the heart and then travels to the brain, from cholesterol plaque buildup in the blood vessels, or when small vessels in our brain become damaged causing them to collapse. A hemorrhagic stroke is when a blood vessel in the brain burst or ruptures, thereby impeding blood flow to the brain. This can be caused by high blood pressure or abnormalities of the blood vessels, such as an aneurysm. 

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Vascular Surgery

Tufts MC Vascular Surgery manages arterial and venous diseases using innovative surgical techniques at our downtown Boston hospital.
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Neurocritical Care Program

The Neurocritical Care Program is located in downtown Boston. Our expertise focuses on treating and helping someone cope with a major brain injury or illness.
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Stroke Center

Our comprehensive stroke center treats a wide range of cerebrovascular disorders. Specializing in stroke prevention, acute stroke therapy and long-term stroke management.
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Stroke and Young Adults (SAYA) Program

Explore the Stroke and Young Adults Program at Tufts Medical Center, helping young adult and pediatric survivors navigate their lives after a stroke.
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Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Surgery

Our Neurovascular Surgery Program treats various diseases that occur within the blood vessels. Learn more about cutting edge minimally invasive treatment we offer.
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