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Depending on which side of the brain was affected by a
stroke, the way a person approaches tasks may be
different than it was before the stroke.
People who have had a stroke on the left side of the brain tend to
be slow, cautious, and disorganized when they are doing unfamiliar activities.
They appear anxious and hesitant, which is often quite different from the way
they were before the stroke.
People who have had a stroke on the right side of the brain tend to
be impulsive and act too quickly. They may act as if they are unaware of their
problems. They often try to do things that are beyond their abilities and that
may be unsafe, such as trying to walk across a room without putting on a brace
and then falling as a result.
January 3, 2013
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Karin M. Lindholm, DO - Neurology
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