An article posted in STROKENET, By David Wasielewski

Many stroke survivors need to deal with changes in their memory following a stroke. These issues can vary widely and may be difficult for the patient and caregiver to understand. Some individuals will experience a specific inability to remember faces. Some may have problems with numbers and calculations. In my personal experience there is often a decrease in the speed at which I can retrieve a certain memory.

In severe cases survivors can experience a complete inability to form any new memories (short term memory deficit). But how do strokes affect the ability to store and access one’s memories? Neurologists are only just beginning to understand the complexities of what are two very different brain functions, 1) The formation of new memories and 2) The storage of those memories once they are created.
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