have a stroke

have a stroke

to experience sudden unconsciousness or paralysis due to an interruption in the blood supply to the brain. (Also used as an exaggeration. See the last example.) The patient who received an artificial heart had a stroke two days after the operation. My great-uncle Billwho is very old—had a stroke last May. Calm down, Bob. Don't have a stroke over a silly mistake.
See also: have, stroke