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Stroke is the nation's third leading cause of death. There are different types
of strokes, but regardless of type, surviving a stroke can have a
devastating impact, not only on the survivor, but on everyone who
cares about them. The brain is an extremely complex organ that
controls various body functions. If a stroke occurs and blood
flow can't reach the region that controls a particular body function,
that part of the body won't work as it should. If the stroke occurs
toward the back of the brain, for instance, it's likely that some disability
involving vision will result.  

 

The effects of a stroke depend primarily on the location of the obstruction
and the extent of brain tissue affected.

 

 

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The effects of a stroke depend on several factors including the location of the obstruction and how much brain tissue is affected.  However, because one side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body, a stroke affecting one side will result in neurological complications on the side of the body if affects. 

For example, if the stroke occurs in the brain's right side, the left side of the body (and the right side of the face) will be affected, which could produce any or all of the following:

    
* Paralysis on the left side of the body   

    
* Vision problems   

    
* Quick, inquisitive behavioral style   

    
* Memory loss

 

 

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If the stroke occurs in the left side of the brain, the right side of the body (and the left side of the face)
will be affected, producing some or all of the following:

    
* Paralysis on the right side of the body   
    
* Speech/language problems   
    
* Slow, cautious behavioral style   
    
* Memory loss

 

 

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Communication & Swallowing 
Stroke may affect the ability to process language, reading, articulating or even the ability to swallow.
 

There are new methods of treatment for stroke and time is of the essence, therefore any person suspected of having suffered a stroke should be evaluated as soon as possible.