The term brain attack is often used to describe a stroke. Just as a heart attack happens when blood flow to the heart is interrupted, a brain attack can occur when blood flow to part of the brain is interrupted in a way that injures or kills brain cells. There
Holly Strawbridge has been a freelance writer specializing in medicine and health since 1995. She writes for the general public as well as physician audiences. She specializes in cardiovascular medicine, but writes regularly about virtually all medical and surgical subspecialties in adults and children. Holly currently contributes to several health newsletters produced by Belvoir Media Group and sponsored by major medical centers. Among these are HealthNews, a Duke Health publication for which she serves as cardiopulmonary news editor, Cleveland Clinic Heart Advisor and Cleveland Clinic Women’s Heart Advisor, for which she serves as managing editor. She has written two books on heart disease for Belvoir Media Group and updates these books, plus several others, yearly.