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Effects of stroke

  • Changes after your stroke may be mild or severe, brief or long-lasting. This depends on the area of your brain affected by the stroke and how extensive the damage is. 

    Everyday activities: After having a stroke, you may find that doing everyday activities may be difficult.

    Physical effects on either side of the brain: Changes that may happen after a stroke on either side of the brain include abnormal muscle tone, bladder and bowel changes, problems with understanding and coordination. 

    Left-sided stroke – aphasia and language apraxia: The left side of the brain controls the ability to speak and understand language in most people.

    Right-sided stroke: The right side of the brain controls the ability to pay attention, recognize things you see, hear or touch, and be aware of your own body.

    Emotional effects: If the stroke damaged parts of your brain that control behavior, you may not be able to control your emotions. You may also feel anxious or depressed.

    Posterior stroke (CVA – cerebrovascular accident): A posterior circulation stroke means the stroke affects the back area of your brain.

    Multiple strokes (CVAs): A multiple CVA (cerebrovascular accident) means several small strokes happen in a short time on both sides of your brain.