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A stroke occurs when blood flow and oxygen to the brain is interrupted. This loss of blood and oxygen causes two million brain cells to die every minute, so time is of the essence. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the higher the odds of permanent brain damage, disability, or death. After suffering a stroke, you may experience a variety of symptoms. These depend on the side of the brain that the stroke occurs.

Check out our infographic to learn more about the symptoms of a stroke and the problems patients may face in the aftermath.

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Stroke on the Right Side of the Brain

If the stroke occurs on the right side of the brain, you may experience:

  • Left-side weakness
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Overconfidence in abilities
  • Vision problems

Stroke on the Left Side of the Brain

If the stroke occurred on the left, you may experience:

  • Right-side weakness
  • Speech and language problems
  • Slow behavior

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