2. Cerebral Embolism
Cerebral embolism describes blood clots which form at a different place in the circulatory system which travel along the bloodstream. Usually these types of clots have formed in the heart, neck, or upper chest.
A piece of this blood clot breaks off and will continue through the brain’s blood vessels until the path becomes too narrow. As a result the clot completely blocks the blood flow and a stroke will result. Certain lifestyle factors can increase the risk that you will develop a blood clot including being overweight, using birth control where estrogen is present, smoking, and being physically inactive.