Stroke, which leads to the death of more than 128,000 people each year, is the leading cause of long-term disability. Rapid diagnosis and prompt treatment are critical to help save a life or minimize long-term disability. A stroke or brain attack is like a heart attack. A heart attack occurs when blood flow to the heart is interrupted, and the heart is deprived of oxygen. Similarly, a brain attack occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, and the brain is deprived of oxygen. Quickly restoring blood flow to the affected area of the brain is vital in minimizing the long-term effects of a stroke and reducing complications.