What is a stroke?

A stroke is a serious medical condition occurring as a result of an interruption in the supply of oxygen to the brain. The most frequent reason for a stroke is the blockage or bursting of a blood vessel in the brain. In both cases, the blood circulation and, hence, the supply of oxygen to the brain is interrupted. The result is damaged brain tissue. Stroke patients may lose all information that was stored in the damaged area and may have to relearn simple things like walking, swallowing, or writing. Sometimes, the brain can build new connections between the brain cells and repair the damage.