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Updated March 09, 2008

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Definition: When arteries become blocked by blood clots or cholesterol plaques, leaving certain areas of the brain disconnected from their blood supply and, thus, oxygen and nutrients.
Also Known As: lack of blood flow
Neurons in ischemic areas rapidly stop functioning.

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