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Important Information on Strokes

Summary

Key information about the effects of a stroke includes the following:
 
  • Although stroke is a disease of the brain, it can affect the entire body. The specific stroke effects will depend on what part of the brain is affected.
 
  • A stroke may cause paralysis (or problems with movement) and sensory disturbances (including pain).
 
  • A stroke may cause problems with thinking, awareness, attention, learning, judgment, and memory.
 
  • Stroke survivors often have problems understanding or forming speech.
 
  • A stroke can lead to emotional problems. Stroke patients may have difficulty controlling their emotions or may express inappropriate emotions.
 
 
  • Approximately 14 percent of stroke survivors experience a second stroke in the first year following a stroke.
 
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