patients Effects of a stroke

Various effects


Physical (visible) effects of a stroke

A stroke can have serious and less serious consequences. The limitations depend on the part and amount of the brain that is damaged.

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Physical (visible) effects of a stroke

A stroke can have serious and less serious consequences. The limitations depend on the part and amount of the brain that is damaged. This may cause a person to experience physical (visible) problems with:


  • A very severe stroke can cause a person to lose consciousness and go into a coma. Just after the stroke has occurred, there may also be fluctuations in consciousness. This depends, for example, on the time of day, the fatigue, the activities that took place just beforehand, and the pressure in the brain.


Cognition (effects that are not apparent) after a stroke

The physical limitations are often immediately noticeable for most people around you. But the “invisible” effects are often less noticeable and often only reveal themselves later.

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Cognition (effects that are not apparent) after a stroke

The physical limitations are often immediately noticeable for most people around you. But the “invisible” effects are often less noticeable and often only reveal themselves later.


  • Many people suffer from fatigue after a stroke, which may be severe. This usually occurs frequently and over a long period of time. It is not always clear where this fatigue comes from. Researchers think that fatigue is a direct result of the damage to the brain itself, but that it can also have to do with physical and mental exertion. Things that used to be easy now require an enormous amount of effort and energy. Fatigue affects your physical, emotional, and mental function.


Changes in emotion and behavior

Some patients who had a stroke react differently to events just after the stroke compared to before.

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Changes in emotion and behavior

Some patients who had a stroke react differently to events just after the stroke compared to before. They react more violently because they have less control over their feelings and can sometimes tolerate fewer stimuli around them, which makes them more susceptible to irritation.
 
Some people react more impulsively, more aggressively or swear, even though they would never have done so before. Others, on the other hand, are more passive, take less initiative, and are more negative than before. There are others, who are more emotional and cry or laugh much more quickly than usual. Also, after a stroke, some people are felt to be as more selfish and self-absorbed by those around them. They pay less attention to their environment or partner. But also the loss of independence, self-reliance, and not being taken seriously, can cause frustration, outbursts of anger, and feelings of powerlessness and depression. You might also feel like: “It seems as if my partner’s/my father’s character has changed compared to before”.
 
All these reactions are effects of the brain injury and/or because life can suddenly be turned upside down.