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Natalia Rost, MD, Neurology, answeredThe symptoms of a stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA) provide clues about its type and its location in the brain. A stroke on the left side of the brain, for example, may result in problems on the right side of the body, such as paralysis or abnormally slow movements on the right side, facial droop or loss of sensation on the right,or an inability to see objects in the right half of the visual field. Abnormal speech and an inability to speak or understand speech may also result, because these functions are controlled on the left side of the brain. Other left-sided functions may also be affected, including reading, writing, or calculating.