Why do we care about stroke?

A stroke and a heart attack may seem very different, but they have a lot in common.

A heart attack happens when a clot in one of the vessels of the heart (coronary arteries) blocks the flow of blood. Part of the heart is deprived of oxygen, damaging the heart muscle.

A stroke happens when a clot in one of the vessels of the brain blocks the flow of blood. The part of the brain where the clot occurs is damaged.

A stroke may also happen when a blood vessel bursts and bleeds into your brain, damaging brain tissue.

Watch how blocked blood vessels can lead to a heart attack or stroke.  

British Heart Foundation support

Have you or has someone you know suffered a stroke? Find inspiration and support on life after stroke, learn more about stroke and your heart, or call the heart helpline today on 0300 330 3311 (lines are open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm similar cost to 01 or 02 numbers).