Question by Fuzz on concept: Is it possible to have a stroke with no ill effects?
Recently a family member of a dear friend has had a stroke and has been hospitalized. He is currently speaking well and can understand what other people are saying just fine, so everything seems to be okay there. I always hear of people not being able to talk or understand people after a stroke, and I was wondering, is it possible to have a stroke which can put you in the hospital, but suffer no ill side effects from it? Basically recover almost immediately just the way you were?
Answer by A Fraser, MD
Yes. It is possible to have a stroke and not have bad side effects. Whether or not someone has problems like weakness on one side, difficulty speaking or trouble understanding what others say will depend on the size of the stroke and where it is located in the brain. It may be a small stroke. Perhaps not much brain tissue was damaged. Or maybe it occurred in a part of the brain that is not responsible for those really obvious functions. It is also possible to have a TIA or transient ischemic attack. A TIA causes problems for a short period of time and the person recovers within 24 hours. For anyone who has had a stroke it is important to do as much as possible to decrease the risk of having another one. For more information about that check out the newsletter archives at www.yourbodyyourbrain.com
Give your answer to this question below!