Helping Stroke Victims


How to Prevent and Identify a Stroke

A stroke will drastically change the life of the victim.  Stroke victims often find themselves dealing with some very serious long-term conditions, such as:

  • Paralysis
  • Impaired speech
  • Loss of the use of extremities
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Depression
  • Increased risk for successive strokes

Causes of a Stroke

A stroke is caused by a disruption in the blood flow to the brain. The two most common types of strokes are ischemic strokes, resulting when the blood flow to the brain is blocked by a blood clot; and hemorrhagic strokes, resulting from a burst blood vessel in the brain. On many occasions, these major strokes are preceded by a small stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA). Some of the key symptoms of a TIA include:

  • transient slurred speech
  • transient weakness in the face or extremities
  • brief episodes of confusion
  • transient visual disturbances

For many, these mini-strokes – these temporary losses of function – serve as a warning sign for an impending major stroke.  Early recognition and proper treatment of a small stroke or TIA can prevent a major stroke, its serious long-term effects like those listed above, and even death.

Strokes and Medical Malpractice

When physicians fail to recognize and treat the symptoms of a TIA and the patient suffers a devastating stroke, they may have committed medical malpractice. However, medical malpractice in this area is not limited to the failure to diagnose a stroke – it also  describes the failure to properly treat or prevent a stroke. For example, Coumadin, a blood thinning agent used by physicians to prevent blood clots, can actually result in severe brain hemorrhaging if improperly administered to a hemorrhagic stroke victim. Conversely, a patient may suffer an ischemic stroke if a physician fails to prescribe Coumadin or a similar medication to prevent blood clots from forming in certain situations. It is always wise to get a second opinion or consult with a medical malpractice attorney if you feel your doctor or hospital may have caused or failed to prevent your condition.

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