What are the effects of stroke?
The effects of a stroke vary from person to person, depending on which part of the brain is damaged and the extent of that damage. For some, the effects are relatively minor and short-lived; others are left with more severe, long term disabilities. Common problems include:
Physical deficits after stroke
- Loss of movement or abnormal movement patterns on one side of the body (hemiplegia). Because the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body (and vice versa), hemiplegia occurs on the opposite side of the body where the stroke occurred.
- Poor coordination.
- Abnormal posture.
- Difficulty with speaking and understanding, and with reading and writing.
- Partial loss of vision.
- Inability to swallow.
- Becoming cautious, anxious and disorganized.
- Easily depressed, inability to control emotion.
- Poor concentration in learning new skills.
- Inability to understand speech.
- Inability to judge distance, size, position.
- Loss of feeling in one side of the body.
- Loss of body image.
Early rehabilitation is crucial. Every stoke survivor must seek rehabilitation treatment as soon as possible. More »