During a stroke, circulation to an area of the brain is cut off, depriving it of oxygen and nutrients. When this occurs, the affected brain tissue begins to die almost immediately, altering the functioning of the brain. This tissue damage can result in long-term disability and affect a stroke victim’s physical and communicative abilities. To minimize the disabilities that can result from a stroke, the experts at the Regional Medical Center of San Jose’s Certified Stroke Center work to evaluate, diagnose, and treat all types of stroke with the utmost efficiency.
Our stroke care experts also work hard to educate the men and women in our community about the symptoms, risk factors, and consequences of stroke to prevent these dangerous medical events from occurring. Although the effects of a stroke can vary depending on the area of the brain affected, the most common complications associated with a stroke include:
- Physical changes
After a stroke, it can be common to have problems with movement, muscle stiffness, or energy levels. Many men and women suffer from paralysis, muscle spasms, fatigue, and more. Regardless of the physical symptoms, it is important to continue working toward improvement and recovery.
- Communication problems
A stroke can affect a person’s communicative ability in a variety of ways. Some patients have issues with reading and writing, while others experience difficulty speaking or understanding language. Fortunately, rehabilitation can help patients to overcome these difficulties and regain some function.
- Emotional and behavioral affects
Emotional and behavioral changes are some of the most common effects of a stroke. Many victims can experience changes in their moods and outlook on life, while others suffer from increased forgetfulness or carelessness. Like other complications associated with a stroke, these symptoms generally improve with time and rehabilitation.
According to the National Stroke Association, stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and the number one cause of adult disability in the United States. Do not become a stroke victim—speak with your doctor and control your risk factors today. To find an experienced specialist in the San Jose area, contact the Regional Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 762-8881 at any time.