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Stroke: Overview

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Stroke is a leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Strokes leave many people with long-term physical and cognitive difficulties; rehabilitation after stroke is an important goal. The NICHD is one of many federal agencies and NIH Institutes working to understand stroke and how to improve methods of post-stroke rehabilitation.

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Common Names

  • Stroke
  • Brain attack

Medical or Scientific Names

  • Cerebral hemorrhage
  • Cerebral infarction
  • Cerebrovascular accident
  • Hemorrhagic stroke
  • Ischemic stroke
Last Reviewed: 05/21/2013
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