6 Common Side Effects of a Stroke

While each stroke effects different parts of the brain, there are some common side effects that most survivors will encounter after a stroke.

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Memory loss is a common side effect for stroke survivors.

Symptoms of these conditions can last up to a year or more, depending on the severity of the brain injury.


Hemiparesis is a weakness that can effect one whole side of the body, or just an arm or leg. The side that is impacted is on the opposite side of where the brain was injured by the stroke. Hemiparesis can be responsible for poor balance or coordination and even problems walking or sitting. Rehabilitation often helps stroke survivors regain strength and control in the side impacted by hemiparesis.

Aphasia is a condition that causes a person to have trouble with speech and writing. Some impacted by this condition may have trouble understanding writing. Or the person may have trouble recalling the words to speak or write. Speech therapists can help loved ones recover their speech and language skills quicker.

Cognitive Problems
It’s not surprising that a stroke, which effects the brain, can leave some cognitive problems. Memory, attention and judgment can all be impacted. For instance, your loved one many have trouble following directions. Or they may think they are capable or doing something that is no longer safe.

Difficulty swallowing or dysphagia can itself make it difficult for a person to get enough food. Yet, the bigger concern is that it could lead to choking. Dysphagia is typically worse right after a stroke and usually gets better with time. There are treatments if the condition does not remedy itself.

Post-stroke fatigue is very common and can range from mild to severe. Tiring easily can also outlast many of the other side-effects of the stroke. In fact, in one study many people complained that describe fatigue as the most upsetting problem to cope with after a stroke. It can interfere with rehabilitation, as well as the individuals ability to return to day-to-day routines or work.

Feelings of sadness are normal after a major health event. But for some, these feelings can linger and develop into a major depressive disorder. It’s important that if you suspect your loved one is more than just sad, that you have them diagnosed by their doctor or psychiatrist. They can help them overcome this paralyzing condition.