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How It Feels to Have a Stroke

A stroke occurs when there is a lack of blood supply to a particular part of the brain. This results in a rapid loss of brain function. This can be caused by:-

(1)  ischemia (loss of blood supply due to blockage of a blood vessel that supplies the brain) or
(2)  hemorrhage (bleeding blood vessel in the brain, resulting in irritation of brain matter & loss of vital blood supply to a particular part of the brain).

Ischemia is the commoner cause of a stroke. As a result of this, the affected area of the brain can't function. The types of symptoms a patient will experience will depend on which area of the brain is affected.

This video features Dr Jill Bolte Taylor, who is a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist who experienced hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain in 1996. It took her 8 years to completely recover all her functions and thinking ability. She was chosen as one of TIME's Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008.

In this amazing video, Dr Taylor shares her personal story about what it is like to have a stroke. She's highly articulate, & is able to give a blow-by-blow account of what happened to her that day. This is special because it would be rare to find a stroke patient would be able to share her experience in such a riveting manner.

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