How a stroke affects someone is different for everyone. One stroke may be so sever the patient will need to be cared for in a critical care unit. The patient may not survive. If the patient survives, there may be permanent disability. Recovery may take a long time.
Another stroke may be so mild that the patients is able to go home from the hospital within a day or two. The effects from the stroke may be minimal, or there may not be any lasting effects at all.
Each area of the brain is responsible for different functions. The effects of a stroke will depend on which area the stroke occurred in. It will also depend on how much of the brain was involved.
The problems seen will also depend upon which side of the brain the stroke occurred in. For example, the right side of the brain controls movement and sensation on the left side of the body. So, a stroke that occurs in the right side of the brain will affect how the left side of the body moves or feels.
Since the left side of the brain controls movement and sensation on the right side of the body, a stroke occurring in the left side of the brain will affect how the right side of the body moves or feels.