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Posterior stroke

  • A posterior circulation stroke means the stroke affects the back area of your brain.¬†This includes your brain stem, cerebellum (the area responsible for balance and coordination) and occiptal lobes (the area responsible for vision). Changes that may occur include the following.


    You have a loss of coordinated arm or leg movements.

    Double vision

    You may have problems with your vision because your eye movement is limited in one or both eyes.


    You have dizziness that makes you feel like you are spinning.

    Visual field loss

    You may not be able to see anything toward your left or right.

  • Source: Allina Health Patient Education,¬†Understanding Stroke, fifth edition, neuro-ahc-90662
    Reviewed by: Allina Health Patient Education experts
    First published: 02/01/2006
    Last reviewed: 05/01/2018