Some strokes are very serious and can cause a coma, or may lead to someone dying. This guide looks at the care given to someone in a coma, and how end-of-life care can support someone who's unlikely to recover.
Some people may experience planning and problem-solving problems after a stroke. Find out what are the signs and symptoms and what you can do about them.
Vascular dementia is a type of dementia that happens when the blood supply to your brain becomes reduced. It is a common type of dementia that can be caused by a single stroke, a series of small, silent strokes or small vessels disease.
A stroke can affect how your brain processes the information you receive about an object and the way you remember this information (agnosia). Find out what are the signs of agnosia and what you can do about it
Every time we move, our brain has to plan what it wants our body to do and make sure we do it in the right order. A stroke can affect your ability to do this, making it difficult to move parts of your body in the way you want to. This is called apraxia.
We use information from our eyes to determine the size, shape and position of the objects we see. Our brain uses this to work out how far away they are from us and where they are in relation to other things. A stroke can affect your visual perception and your ability to interact with the space and objects around you.
A stroke can damage your brain so that it no longer receives information from one side of your body. If this happens, you may not be aware of anything on one side, usually the side where you’ve lost movement (your affected side). This is called neglect or inattention.
About two thirds of people have vision problems after a stroke. This guide explains the different types of vision problems people can experience after a stroke and how they can be treated.
Bladder and bowel problems are common after a stroke. Many people soon recover, but if you have longer-term problems, there are treatments and support that can help you get on with daily life.
A stroke in the brain stem can cause the very rare condition of locked-in syndrome, where the person is conscious but unable to move apart from their eyes.