What complications may result from an ischemic stroke?

An ischemic stroke is a serious, life-threatening condition that results when a blockage in an artery decreases or stops blood flow. Even with early treatment, an ischemic stroke can cause lasting damage, which may affect a person's mobility, speech, or memory. Some people may have a 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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Ischemic Stroke

Ischemic Stroke

An ischemic stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, usually happens when an artery in your brain becomes blocked because of a blood clot or fatty deposits in your blood. When a blockage occurs, your brain is deprived of the blood ...

and oxygen it needs to function. Symptoms of this most common type of stroke occur suddenly and can include muscle weakness or paralysis, loss of feeling on one side of your body, difficulty speaking, confusion or problems with vision. Treatment for an ischemic stroke includes drugs that can help break up the clots and rehab treatment to help you live with disabilities caused by a stroke. There are many preventive steps you can take, such as keeping your blood pressure and cholesterol under control. Learn more about diagnosing and treating ischemic stroke with expert advice from Sharecare. DW Comment: good to have switched up wording of the signs of stroke .

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