What are the effects of having a stroke?

The effects of a stroke will vary depending on the part of the brain and the amount of brain tissue involved, but the most common long-term effects include altered speech and communication skills, loss of balance, weakness of the extremities or paralysis, difficulty swallowing, vision and memory loss and depression.

Victims of stroke can require extensive rehabilitation. Such rehabilitation will begin during their hospital stay. The duration of rehabilitation and its degree of success will depend on many factors including the seriousness of the stroke, the person's age and previous health, and the person and family’s motivation and willingness to work for a positive outcome.

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