Introduction to Stroke
A stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, leading to potentially severe consequences. This disruption can occur due to blockage or rupture of arteries supplying the brain, resulting in bleeding. The impact of a stroke can affect one or both sides of the brain, presenting survivors with a variety of challenges and complications.
Language Impairment (Aphasia)
A stroke survivor may have aphasia or language loss if it occurs on the left side of the brain. Aphasia can significantly impede communication and daily functioning. Survivors typically engage with speech, occupational, and physical therapists to regain language skills and improve communication and motor abilities.