WHAT IS A STROKE?
A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked or bursts (ruptures). When that happens, part of the brain cannot get enough of the blood and the oxygen it needs, and over time, brain cells die.
EFFECTS OF STROKE
Motor and sensory function
The human brain is divided into several areas that control how the body functions. When a stroke damages a certain part of the brain, that area may no longer work as well as it did before the stroke, which can cause problems with walking, speaking, seeing or feeling.
Functions of certain sides of the brain
The left side of the brain controls how the right side of the body moves and functions. It’s responsible for how well we can solve problems with science, understand what we read and what we hear, our number skills such as adding and subtracting, and reasoning. The right side of the brain controls the movements and sensation on the left side of the body. The right side of the brain also determines how artistic we are, including musical and creative talents.
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