Common Complications of Stroke
A stroke refers to brain damage sustained after the normal supply of blood to the brain has been cut off. The disruption of the blood supply can be due to a blockage by a blood clot or a rupture of the blood vessel. Stroke is a serious medical condition that can result in death or long-term effects on a person’s health, including permanent disabilities. Timely diagnosis and treatment of stroke are essential for minimizing these effects. Here is a look at some of the most likely complications of stroke:
Aphasia, or language impairment, is common after stroke. A person with aphasia has difficulty using language to communicate. This can involve speech, written language, reading, writing, or all of the above. The effects of aphasia may be minor, or they may be so extreme that the person cannot communicate with others at all. Unfortunately, aphasia is not curable.
Since one side of the brain controls the opposite side of the body, often stroke victims are left with paralysis on one side of their body which can be mild or extreme depending on the amount of damage to the brain. There can also be vision and memory loss.
Chronic depression is common after stroke. Depression can manifest itself in many ways, including loss of appetite, difficulty concentrating, inability to sleep, and even suicidal thoughts. It’s important that individuals who are suffering from post-stroke depression are able to get the treatment they need, such as counseling.
Blood clots are common after a stroke event, particularly if a person is not able to be very active. In many cases, blood clots can be life-threatening. People who have sustained stroke should always be monitored for signs of blood clotting.
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