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Stroke: Common Disabilities - Topic Overview

Stroke is the most common cause of disability resulting from damage to the nervous system. A stroke may affect:

  • Movement. You may not be able to use your arms or walk. This is usually because of weakness or paralysis on one side of the body (hemiparesis).
  • Speech and language. You may not be able to speak, read, or write. Also, you may not be able to understand what someone else is saying.
  • Thinking and reasoning. You may not be able to think clearly. The stroke may cause you to act differently than you did before the stroke.
  • Senses. You may not be able to feel when something or someone touches your affected body parts, such as the arms or legs. Your sight or hearing may be affected (rare).

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: March 12, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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