By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - One of the most devastating aspects of suffering a stroke is the fact that there can be both short term and long term damage. The losses can occur in memory or strength. It can affect speech or emotions.
This is why it is so important to get to the emergency room as quickly if possible if you have early signs of stroke like weakness on one side or loss of vision on one side of the body. The reason it is so important to be seen is that medications can be given to reduce damage to the brain.
The other key step is to get rehab as soon as possible after the injury.