Aphasia and Stroke 

Learn about the different types and effects of aphasia, tips for living with aphasia and more.

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What is aphasia ? 

It’s a language disorder that affects your ability to communicate. It’s most often caused by strokes in the left side of the brain that control speech and language.

People with aphasia may struggle with communicating in daily activities at home, socially or at work. They may also feel isolated.

Aphasia doesn’t affect intelligence. Stroke survivors remain mentally alert, even though their speech may be jumbled, fragmented or hard to understand.

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Maximizing Communication and Independence 

Losing the ability to communicate can be stressful. But treatments and strategies can help stroke survivors.

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Support Network

Want to share recovery and rehabilitation experiences with other survivors? Find reassurance or offer your own words of wisdom on the American Heart / American Stroke Association's Support Network.