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EFFECTS OF A STROKE

WHAT CAN YOUR BODY EXPECT AFTER A STROKE?

Key Takeaways

PHYSICAL CHANGES

A stroke can cause physical changes including weakness, stiffness, and numbness. Fortunately, there are treatment options for reducing the physical impact of a stroke on the body.

COGNITIVE CHANGES

After a stroke, it can be challenging to recognize, remember, and process information. Cognitive changes can range from short-term memory loss to dementia.

EMOTIONAL CHANGES

Not every stroke effect is physically apparent. Survivors may also experience hidden effects like anxiety, sadness, anger, and frustration. Some could be caused by the stroke, while others by thoughts and feelings about the event itself.

Experiencing stroke damage in the brain can affect the whole body, and the effects may range from mild to severe. What exactly will your body experience after a stroke? That depends on which part of the brain is damaged.

Each part of the brain is responsible for different functions.

Because the brain is such a complex organ, not every stroke affects every person the same way. That’s because strokes can damage different areas of the brain:

  • The brainstem is located at the base of the brain. It controls the body’s most vital functions like breathing, heartbeat, and blood pressure. Sadly, when a stroke damages the brainstem, serious problems like coma or death may be possible.

  • The cerebrum is the top part of the brain that contains the right and left hemispheres. It controls vital brain functions like movement and vision, among other things.

  • The cerebellum is located under the cerebrum, toward the back of the skull. It receives sensory information from the body and coordinates movement and muscle control.

What is a Clot-Related (Ischemic) Stroke?

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EVERY SECOND COUNTS

When someone is having a stroke, acting quickly can make a huge difference in how they recover – and could even help save a life. Learn how to recognize the signs.

THE HEART HEALTH RISK TOOL1

LEARN YOUR RISK OF A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE

Do you know your risk factors?2 Find out and get a personalized heart-healthy action plan to share with your doctor.

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MANAGING RISK:

WHY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS MAY NOT BE ENOUGH

If you take prescription medications for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, they may not be enough to protect your heart. Talk to your doctor about whether these medications are enough for you and whether adding an aspirin regimen can help further reduce the risk of another heart attack or clot-related (ischemic) stroke.

TELL ME HOW ASPIRIN HELPS

Aspirin is not appropriate for everyone, so be sure to talk to your doctor before you begin an aspirin regimen.

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