The brain is a complex organ with several different areas. When a stroke damages the right side of the brain, it may cause some unique long-term effects.
Stroke is a leading cause of disability and the
The motor and sensory areas of the right side of the brain control these functions in the left side of the body. This means that a person who has a stroke in the right side of the brain will develop symptoms or other effects on the left side of their body.
This article explores symptoms of right side stroke and the possible effects a person will notice. It also looks at the treatments, rehabilitation, and prevention of stroke.
A stroke can cause a variety of symptoms and early warning signs. The severity and range of symptoms a person experiences can vary considerably, but they all share the sudden onset of characteristic symptoms.
Some early signs of stroke
- numbness or weakness in the face, leg, or arm on one side
- unusually severe headache
- nausea or vomiting
- memory loss
- dizziness and disorientation
- trouble understanding speech
- slurred speech or difficulty speaking
- loss of coordination, balance, or ability to walk
- difficulty seeing or loss of vision
In a right side stroke, a person
A stroke is a medical emergency. People should call 911 immediately if they notice a sudden onset of any of the symptoms above, in themselves or another person. Early treatment can help improve a person’s outcome.
When a stroke occurs on the right side of the brain, a person may experience:
- paralysis or reduced movement on the left side of the body
- vision issues
- memory loss
In addition, someone may have:
- trouble processing the left side space around them, which could include trouble seeing objects, responding to people on their left, or using the left side of their mouth when eating
- decreased energy or motivation
- limited awareness of their body or surrounding space, such as forgetting they cannot move their left leg the same way as before
Stroke recovery will vary according to the severity of a person’s symptoms. In most cases, it breaks down into
- Immediate treatment following a stroke: This involves the emergency care that aims to reduce the impact of the stroke and stop it while it is happening.
- Rehabilitation: This includes the therapies and treatments that help a person recover as much as possible following a stroke.
- Prevention: This includes therapies or treatments aimed at reducing someone’s risk factors for another stroke.
If a person gets to a hospital within
If an individual has a hemorrhagic stroke, which occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures or leaks blood onto the brain, doctors will work to repair the blood vessel and stop the bleeding.
In both cases, quick emergency treatment helps improve a person’s outlook and recovery.
Individuals may also benefit from joining a support group or speaking with a social worker. Support groups can provide emotional support, while a social worker can help connect a person and their family with various services, including potential financial help.
Rehabilitation time can vary between people, and several factors can affect a person’s outcome, including the:
- severity of the brain damage
- age of the individual
- severity of any other conditions
- intensity of the rehabilitation program
- cooperation of friends and family
- modifications to the home or work environment, such as handrails
- level of alertness
- timing of rehabilitation
A person can take steps to help prevent their first or subsequent strokes.
Part of prevention is determining the underlying cause of the first stroke, or risk factors for stroke, and treating those conditions. Some possible underlying conditions
In addition to treating underlying conditions, a person may reduce their risk by:
A person can speak with a healthcare professional for further information about their risk of stroke and how to manage any existing health conditions.
A stroke is a medical emergency. A person should call 911 immediately if they think someone is experiencing a stroke. Prompt emergency treatment may improve their overall outcome.
A right side stroke may cause paralysis and issues on the left side of the body. A person may also experience other long-term effects of stroke, such as confusion.
Rehabilitation for stroke may include working with various healthcare professionals, such as speech therapists and physical therapists.
People should speak with a doctor about their individual risk of stroke and how they may reduce it.