A stroke occurs if the flow of oxygen-rich blood to a portion of the brain is blocked. Without oxygen, brain cells start to die after a few minutes. Sudden bleeding in the brain also can cause a stroke if it damages brain cells. The two main types of stroke are ischemic and hemorrhagic. Ischemic is the more common type of stroke.
Blood clots are scary. Sometimes you don't even know there are there, until it's too late. That was the case for me. I was going along, living life, feeling fine, and then suddenly I couldn't move my arm or talk. It happened that quickly. One second I was fine, the next, I was not. When I got to the emergency room back in August 2001,…