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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO HAVE A CEREBRAL EMBOLISM DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

                                                                                                                                                

What is a cerebral embolism during pregnancy?

A cerebral embolism is the blockage of a blood vessel in the brain due to an embolus (a mass that has been traveling through the bloodstream), resulting in an embolic stroke. In medicine, a stroke is an acute (sudden) loss of function in the central nervous system, due to a problem with a blood vessel. Strokes are classified either as hemorrhagic (a blood vessel has ruptured), or ischemic, meaning that there is a shortage of blood supply to the tissues, due to blood vessel obstruction. Ischemic strokes are further categorized into thrombotic strokes (due to a blood clot, or thrombus, obstructing the vessel in the same place where the thrombus began) and embolic strokes.


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