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A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that leads to the brain is blocked by a clot or bursts. It is a medical emergency because any time blood flow to the brain is stopped, interrupted, or reduced, severe brain damage and even death can result. It is very important to get the person immediate medical care because brain cells begin to die within minutes after a person has had a stroke. In this course, you will learn the signs and symptoms of a stroke as well as how to provide first aid for a stroke.