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Cerebrovascular event?

What does a cerebrovascular event mean in laymanís terms?

The word cerebrovascular is a combination of the word cerebrum meaning brain and the word vascular, which means blood vessel. Therefore the term cerebrovascular event refers to an incident in a blood vessel in the brain. This could be due to a clot, a bleed from a blood vessel or a temporary interruption in blood flow due to a change in heart rhythm. The effects could range from a stroke resulting in serious disability to episodes of temporary loss of power in the limbs followed by a prompt return to normal functioning. The term is a broad umbrella term and refers to a wide variety of events in the brain that can vary considerably in their severity.