1. Stroke cause and effects

Stroke cause and effects

8) Symptoms Of Stroke

Stroke can affect a person in many ways. The type of stroke and the location in the brain will determine which symptoms and the severity the person has. Not everyone who has a stroke will have the same symptoms.  A stroke on one side of the brain will give symptoms in the opposite side of the body. For more information see chss.org.uk – How stroke affects you.

Here are some of the symptoms which can occur in stroke.

Symptoms which can be seen easily Symptoms which are less obvious
  • Balance problems.
  • Problems walking.
  • Limited movement or clumsiness in arm, leg or both on one side of the body.
  • Muscle spasms/ changes in the normal tone or tension in the muscles on one side of the body.( can be increased or decreased)
  • Weakness in arm, leg or both on one side of the body.
  • Fatigue/Tiredness.
  • Weakness in face muscles of one side of the face Drooling at one side of the mouth.
  • Slurred or indistinct speech. Words muddled up.
  • Difficulty understanding speech or written information.
  • Swallowing problems. Choking when drinking liquids.
  • Loss or problems with feeling in one side of the body.
  • Problems with bladder or bowel function. Incontinence or lack of control.
  • Visual problems. Double vision(disappears when one eye is closed) Hemianopia (loss of vision to one side)Loss of sight in one eye.
  • Perceptual problems where the brain does not understand or make sense of information around the person.
  • Thinking, remembering and problems making plans.
  • Changes in mood. Crying, laughing, anxiety or depression.
  • Dyspraxia (loss of ability to perform previously learned skills such as brushing teeth)
  • Pain in one side of the body.
  • Dizziness (like spinning after a merry go round ride)
  • Epilepsy or isolated fits in some patients only.

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