Stroke or CVA (cerebrovascular accident) is the third most common cause of death in western countries, after heart disease and cancer and the most frequent cause of acquired handicap requiring rehabilitation.
A stroke is a medical emergency. Strokes happen when blood flow to your brain stops.
Within minutes, brain cells begin to die. There are two kinds of stroke. The more common kind,
called ischemic stroke, is caused by a blood clot that blocks or plugs a blood vessel in the brain.
The other kind, called hemorrhagic stroke, is caused by a blood vessel that breaks and bleeds
into the brain. "Mini-strokes" or transient ischemic attacks (TIA), occur when the blood supply to
the brain is briefly interrupted.
EMG-triggered-MuscleStimulation has proven to be an effective rehabilitation therapy after stroke.