Your brain is divided into left and right halves,
called “hemispheres.” They specialize in different
things. Because of this, a stroke on the left side of
your brain can be very different from a stroke on the
brain’s right side. Let’s look at some symptoms of a
left brain stroke.
Many people experience paralysis after stroke. One
side of your face may droop, or you may have
weakness in an arm or leg. But did you know that
the hemispheres of the brain actually control
movement on the opposite side of the body? So
when a left brain stroke causes paralysis, the
paralysis is on the body’s right side.
Speech and language
For mostpeople, the brain’s left hemisphere
handles language and speech. So a left brain
stroke can cause a wide rage of speech and
language problems. You may have trouble
speaking, or trouble recalling words. You may be
unable to speak. We call these speech problems
A left brain stroke can affect your brain in other
ways, too. You may have trouble remembering
things. You may have trouble understanding
concepts and learning new things. Your attention
span may be shorter than it used to be. And some
people experience a change in behavior. If you do,
you may notice that you’ve become more slow and
No matter which side of your brain is affected, your
doctor will create a care plan that is right for you.
Recovering from stroke is hard, and it can take a
long time. But If you follow the advice of your care
team, you can make improvements and get back the life you enjoy.