Strokes affecting the right side of the brain tJ are not always accurately diagnosed by emergency room doctors soon enough—even though these strokes are as common as those that affect the left side of the brain.

Reason: Right-sided stroke symptoms—such as vision problems, memory loss, skipping food on the left side of the plate—often are overlooked by the patient and don't appear critical to family members and doctors.

Result: Patients get to the hospital later and often don't get the treatment they need.

Self-defense: If you or a loved one experiences any stroke symptoms, seek immediate care

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