A stroke is the rapidly developing loss of brain function due to disturbance in bloody supply to the brain.
A stroke can cause central facial palsy which is paralysis to the lower half of one side of the face, this
condition is often the result of damage to the upper motor neurons of the facial nerve. Many patients will
lose voluntary control of the movement of the muscles in their face, although muscles on the foreheard are left
intact as well as those involved in spontaneous emotional expression. In addition to dysfunctions in the
facial expression, stroke patients can also experience difficulty in communication. Oropharyngeal functions
such as sucking, swallowing, and talking are also impaired.
Useful Links relating to Stroke
Different Strokes - a registered charity providing a unique, free service to younger
stroke survivors throughout the United Kingdom.
Stroke Association - The Stroke Association is the only UK wide charity solely concerned with
combating stroke in people of all ages.