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Much of the brain is supplied blood by the internal carotid arteries.


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Part 2:

The internal carotid arteries branch at the base of the brain in an area called the circle of Willis.


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A blood clot (thrombus) may form in the body, break-off, and travel to the brain through a carotid artery and the circle of Willis.


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The blood clot may block the passage of blood through a brain artery, depriving nearby tissue of oxygen and nutrients. The result is a stroke.


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Review Date: 9/16/2008
Reviewed By: Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.

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