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What is a Stroke?

Stroke is a clinical condition that results in loss of neurological function due to the interruption of healthy blood flow in the vessels feeding the brain.

Stroke may occur either as a result of sudden occlusion or decrease in the blood flow of one of the vessels that provide blood flow to the brain, or may occur as a result of rupture of these vessels.In this process, if the brain does not receive enough oxygen and necessary nutrients, death begins in the brain cells. Among the people, words such as paralysis or cerebral palsy are also used instead of stroke.

Stroke is more common and dangerous than previously thought.

Stroke is the third most common cause of death worldwide after heart diseases and cancer. The World Stroke Organization reported that 17 million people have a stroke each year, and 6 million people die due to stroke or stroke-related complications.

Stroke ranks first among the causes of permanent disability in Turkey.

Stroke patients are at risk of being bedridden, having difficulties in speaking and walking, and not being able to fulfill their cognitive functions.

Stroke symptoms come on suddenly.

Sudden loss of strength in the arm, facial shift and speech disorder are the most common stroke symptoms. All the symptoms that may indicate a stroke are listed below. Only one or more of these symptoms may occur at the same time.


Weakness on one side of the body, face, arm and/or leg.

Numbness on one side of the body, face, arm and/or leg.

Clouding of Consciousness

Speech disorder, inability to speak


Difficulty in understanding and perceiving

Facial paralysis (face shifting to one side)

Dizziness, difficulty walking, loss of balance and coordination

> Call 112 immediately when you notice stroke symptoms

Unilateral or bilateral vision loss, double vision

Severe, sudden onset headache

Swallowing disorder, hoarseness

Loss of memory

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