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There are two major types of stroke, they are ischemic stroke which accounts for almost 87% of all strokes and is usually caused by an embolism which occludes an artery and affects the subsequent tissue of the brain that particular artery effects. The second is called hemorrhagic stroke. This type accounts for close to 13% of the rest of strokes and occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and bleeds into the surrounding tissue causing damage. In stroke cases, it’s important to recognize that an ECG though helpful, should not take priority over obtaining a computed tomography known commonly as a (CT) scan. Remember, there is no, one arrhythmia specific for or related to stroke, but an ECG may help identify some evidence of a recent acute MI or other arrhythmia such as atrial fibrillation which could have been the cause of an embolic type stroke. The goal of stroke care is to minimize brain injury and maximize the recovery.