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

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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