A stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked or bursts. Without blood and the oxygen it carries, part of the brain starts to die. The part of the body controlled by the damaged area of the brain can't work properly.
Brain damage can begin within minutes, so it is important to know the symptoms of stroke and act fast. Quick treatment can help limit damage to the brain and increase the chance of a full recovery. Furthermore, identifying and treating the physical conditions which can lead to a stroke and treating them proactively, reduces the chances of having a stroke.
The Department of Neurology has faculty which help make up the U-M Comprehensive Stroke Program. This program not only includes Neurology, it also brings together specialists from Neurosurgery, Neuroradiology, Emergency Medicine and Cardiology to provide comprehensive stroke care.
Appointment and clinic information is available on the Stroke webpage, part of the UofMhealth.org website.