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Right Hemispheric Stroke

Medically reviewed by Last updated on May 6, 2024.

What is a right hemispheric stroke?

A right hemispheric stroke happens when blood cannot flow to the right hemisphere (side) of your brain. A stroke caused by a blood clot is called an ischemic stroke. A stroke caused by a burst or torn blood vessel is called a hemorrhagic stroke. A stroke is a medical emergency that needs immediate treatment.

Ischemic Stroke
Hemorrhagic Stroke

What are the warning signs of a stroke?

The words BE FAST can help you remember and recognize warning signs of a stroke:


What are the signs and symptoms of a right hemispheric stroke?

The right hemisphere of your brain controls the left side of your body. It may also affect your speech and language abilities. You may also have any of the following:

What increases my risk for a right hemispheric stroke?

How is a right hemispheric stroke diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask about your symptoms and when they started. He or she will ask if you have any medical conditions. You may need any of the following:

How is a right hemispheric stroke treated?

Treatment depends on the type of stroke you had. You may need any of the following:

What can I do to care for myself after a stroke?

What do I need to know about depression?

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have depression that continues or is getting worse. Your provider may be able to help treat your depression. Your provider can also recommend support groups for you to join. A support group is a place to talk with others who have had a stroke. It may also help to talk to friends and family members about how you are feeling. Tell your family and friends to let your healthcare provider know if they see any signs of depression:

How can I lower my risk for another stroke?

Where can I find support and more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone else call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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