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How Stroke Affects the Body

Since different areas of the brain control different body functions, the effects of a stroke depend primarily on the location of the obstruction and the extent of brain tissue affected.

For example, vision can be affected when a stroke occurs near the back of the brain. Effects to the right side of the brain might include paralysis on the left side of the body, vision problems, memory loss and a quick, inquisitive behavioral style. Stroke in the left side of the brain, however, might cause paralysis on the right side of the body, speech/language problems, memory loss and a slow, cautious behavior style.

Effects of Stroke

Each stroke patient is different, but there are physical and behavioral effects as well as changes in the ability to communicate and swallow that many people share.

For more information about any of these conditions and resources to help those experiencing them, please visit the American Stroke Association.