Effects of a stroke
Each stroke is different. How well you recover from a stroke depends upon many factors including how much your brain was damaged and in what areas, and your health before the stroke. The work you do with your stroke rehabilitation team and the support from family and friends are also important to your recovery.
A stroke damages the brain and causes a sudden loss of brain function. Because your brain controls everything you say, do and think, a stroke can have a wide variety of effects.
Strokes in the cerebrum
The cerebrum is responsible for controlling movement and sensation, speech, thinking, reasoning, memory, sexual function, and regulation of emotions. It is divided into the right and left sides or hemispheres.
Effects of left hemisphere strokes
Effects of right hemisphere strokes
Strokes in the cerebellum
Although strokes in the cerebellum is a less common stroke, the effects can be severe, including:
Brain stem strokes
This is an uncommon type of stroke. Strokes in the brain stem are often fatal, but when they are not, they affect many of these functions. The brain stem is the area at the very base of the brain, right above the spinal cord. If you have a stroke in the brain stem, you can have problems with:
Any major illness will change your life. Almost all stroke survivors recover to some extent. Most stroke survivors go on to lead full, meaningful lives. Your stroke rehabilitation team, family, friends and relatives can help you make the best possible recovery. Read our stroke survivor stories.
Last reviewed: May 2013