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What complications may result from a stroke?

A stroke is a serious, life-threatening condition that results when a blood vessel or aneurysm bursts in the brain or when a blockage in an artery decreases or stops blood flow. In either case, a stroke can cause lasting damage, which may affect a person's mobility, speech, or memory. Some people may have hard time talking or swallowing or may suffer from paralysis on one side of their body. Complications from a stroke depend on the area of the brain affected and can sometimes improve over time with physical, speech, or other rehabilitative therapies.

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