I was browsing the web today and came upon a stem cell website. I had my stroke over 14 years ago and thought that I understood how a stroke happened pretty clearly but boy did things become clearer today! I read what had to be the very best explanation of stroke I have ever read. There were an adequate supply of “technical” terms to make most health professionals happy, too.
Stroke is explained on almost every website that has content about stroke. I have always felt that most of these explanations always lacked a practical explanation that left the reader with a true understanding of what a stroke truly is. We all know that a stroke happens when the flow of oxygen is prevented from going to the brain. Stroke involves much more than that though.
I was always confused between the terms, thrombosis and ischemic. To me an ischemic stroke meant that it was a clot; ischemic meaning a clot caused the stroke. This is true and false, both. It is true that ischemic means that a clot caused the stroke but actually the word, thrombosis, is the correct medical term for clot. So, technically, a thrombosis causes an ischemic stroke.
You learn something everyday! Hey, what do I know, anyway? I had a brainstem stroke! Go to http://www.xcell-center.com/treatments/diseases-treated/stroke.aspx for this excellent explanation about stroke.