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Keepingitreal,
If you look up TBI (traumatic brain injury) you will find more about the brain damage caused by stroke or TIA (transient ischemic attacks). The symptoms are related to the area of the brain that was damaged.
There is some research to indicate that the brain can sometimes create new pathways so the patient can recover lost function to some extent, but not always.
Consult an expert or physician. My comments are derived from reading, source not referenced.

Of course, one can have co-occuring disease happening with a stroke.
See a neurologist.
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Not all strokes cause memory loss.

I was caregiver for a man who had a left side stroke, what he lost was the ability to walk, and half of the world, Not just half of his vision...but even the knowledge that the "lost" side ever existed in the first place.

But...his memory was otherwise unaffected. If was more sad in a way...he knew vaguely what he lost. Knew he couldn't ever again drive. Couldn't read (couldn't figure anything out because he could only see and acknowledge half of what he tried to focus on). Could not handle his own finances...couldn't figure out a bill or a check book (again...he could only see half of what he tried to focus on...and didn't even know there was more there to see!).

But...no memory loss
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I don't think taking cholesterol and BP lowering medication, and anti platelets meds after a heart attack or stroke is being over medicated, they are clearly necessary to treat life threatening conditions! A heart attack and narrowed arteries almost killed my mom when she was in her 50's, and here she is 40 years later all due to modern medicine. There may come a time though when the struggle to treat and cure should end, I hope you have a doctor who understands geriatric care.
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I don't know if its the stroke that is causing memory loss or all the medications that are being given to treat their underlying reasons for their stroke. I'm so concerned when seniors are over medicated for their high blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. I know finding the right balance is extremely hard. But its worth discussing with your doctor. I find a lot of doctors under estimate the side effects of medication.
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Why do strokes often cause partial paralysis? Strokes cause damage to the brain. Sometimes that damage leads to dementia. Progressive dementia, from any cause, gets worse over time. Sometimes the changes are very, very slow, sometimes faster, and sometimes in fits and starts, with plateaus between declines.

Has your loved one been diagnosed with vascular dementia? Have you received material about this disorder?
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