Long lasting effects of a stroke By: Bruce R. Ledbeter-Gibbs
What is a stroke? • A stroke (or brain attack) is an interruption in blood flow to the brain • A stroke is a medical condition in which bad blood flow to the brain results in cell death.
Effects of a stroke • A stroke has the potential to affect any part of who we are and result in problems with intellectual abilities, emotions and personality, in addition to physical disabilities.
Language • Problems with speech and language can make it difficult to find the right words to say, to name objects correctly, or to comprehend what others are saying. Some people also may experience problems in related skills such as math, reading or writing. This does not mean these skills are lost forever. Many times, with speech and language therapy, these skills can be relearned or alternate ways of communication are formed.
Eating, Swalloing • After a stroke nerves which control swallowing can be impaired so food, drink or medicines can slide into the lungs instead of being swallowed normally. In the hospital,