Effects of Stroke

A stroke can have different effects on the body depending upon which part of the brain is affected.

You or your family member may have hemiparesis, hemiplegia, neglect, aphasia, dysphagia, lability, changes in cognition, hemianopsia, sensory loss or impaired sensation. (See Common Stroke Terms.)

After a stroke, people may have changes in their cognition (thinking), emotions and behavior.

Emotional behavior changes in recovery are normal reactions. This can happen due to changes in a person’s abilities.

Changes in communication abilities and speech are common, as well as difficulty with swallowing. Your loved one may have memory challenges or problems reading and writing.

Vision changes, bladder control and changes in ability to move are other areas that could be affected.