Your loved one had a stroke, and you were both terrified, but they survived. They got to the hospital as soon as possible, and the doctors were able to treat the stroke. They are lucky to be alive and functioning, and you feel absolutely blessed that you were able to bring them back home after a few days.
Unfortunately, though, even when the stroke is over, it can have lasting effects on the body. A stroke is basically what a myocardial infraction is to the heart – it is a brain attack. Something was blocking the blood from getting to where it was supposed to go in the brain for a period of time, and depending on how long that period of time lasted, it would be nearly impossible not to have some sort of lingering effects on the brain and the body.
Here are some of the effects that you or your elder care aide might notice in your loved one post-stroke:
- Weakness or paralysis – One of the signs of a stroke in progress is a weakness on one side of the body. This is something that can last even after the stroke has been stopped, but in most cases, it is not as severe after the stroke as it was during the stroke. Usually this weakness occurs in the leg, arm, face, or all three, usually just on one side of the body. These body parts can also be paralyzed after the stroke, and this paralysis may never go away.
- Speech problems – There are two main ways that speech may be affected by a stroke. The first is due to damage in the brain. This usually manifests as an inability to form words correctly or be understood by other people, or an inability to understand what others are saying to you. The second way that speech can be affected by a stroke is if the facial muscles are affected by the stroke, making it difficult to physically form the words. People with this problem don’t have any trouble understanding others or forming the right words, it is just difficult for them to speak due to the change in the muscles that allow one to do so.
- Vision problems – While the first two effects on this list are fairly well-known, some people might not expect that a stroke can affect vision as well as the rest of the body. Some vision problems that can linger after a stroke are double vision, loss of vision in the center of one’s sight range, and even the inability to see colors.
While not every stroke leaves these effects behind, it is common to have some lasting effects after having a stroke. These may go away after a few months, or they may still be present years after the stroke was treated. Your doctor might be able to give you an estimate of how long these effects will last, and how you can help your loved one to deal with or improve them.
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